Chinatown New York

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The vast diversity of ethnicities in New York City includes, of course, Chinese; in fact, New York is home to more ex-patriot Chinese than any other city in the world. As such, there is not one, but several Chinatowns in New York. Their common thread is unique shops, speciality foods and authentic dining experiences. Between the long-established, newly settled and up-and-coming Chinatowns, the current count is nine!

The three main venerable Chinatowns in New York are situated in these neighbourhoods:

  • Manhattan
  • Flushing (Queens)
  • Sunset Park (Brooklyn)

The main draw for locals and visitors is food, and the menu offerings can range widely in prices, as well as authenticity; not every American palate wants a truly Chinese meal, so many Chinatown restaurants are geared to North American tastes. They also serve southeast Asian foods, like Thai and Taiwanese, Japanese, and regional Chinese cuisine such as Cantonese and Szechuan.

The increasing number of Chinese immigrants to New York in recent years, and the spread of those already there, has resulted in the additional Chinatowns. Some are firmly established, others in their infancy. They are located in the neighbourhoods of Little Neck, East Village (to a lesser degree), Forest Hills, Homecrest (try Cantonese food here!), Bensonhurst and Elmhurst. Maybe your fortune cookie will predict the next Chinatown in New York!

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