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    "Canal St. is a great way to test out your..."(5 Tips)
    Enid A.
    "Cheap, aggressive street vendors push their counterfeit wares."(6 Tips)
    "check out Canal Street in Chinatown."(4 Tips)
    Kimmie O.
    "Delicious, authentic Chinese food!"(4 Tips)
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  • Cherry Lynn
    Despite the weird smells from the fish markets, there are a lot of great restaurants around here. Get mini chinese pancakes from the cart near the corner of Mulberry and Canal- they're 15 for $1.00!
    Cherry Lynn · May 16, 2010
  • The Negotiation Institute (TNI)
    Bargaining tip for street vendors: Always claim you have less money with you than the real amount in your wallet. They'll agree to YOUR price if they think anything higher will make you walk away.
  • Thiago B.
    You're walking around the city and suddenly you are caught in China! everybody is got to have a place like this in their cities, it's also interesting because of the visible culture differences
    Thiago Bezerra · February 23, 2013
  • Angel Hana A.
    Chinese Lunar New Year Festivities in Chinatown.A dozen lion, dragon and unicorn dance troupes marched through Chinatown’s main street including Mott Street.Large crowds turned out for the festivities
    Angel Hana A. · February 12, 2013
  • NCM
    Though still best known for its Chinese restaurants, jewelry district and food shopping, CT is also home to a bustling multicultural scene, including a host of hip nightlife spots and restaurants Read more
    NCM · June 13, 2012
  • The Wall Street Journal
    A group of real-estate developers have commissioned a study to rethink Canal Street as they ratchet up a controversial effort to allow for taller buildings along Chinatown's main thoroughfare. Read more
    The Wall Street Journal · June 14, 2010
  • WorldStrides
    New York’s Chinatown is not only the largest in the U.S., but is the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. It spreads across 40 square blocks and has more than 150,000 residents. Look carefully
    WorldStrides · April 5, 2011
  • Party Earth
    “Chinatown is home to the best bubble teas in the city. Can't go wrong at Tea-riffic (51 Mott Street) or Green Tea Café (45 Mott Street).” See more at
    Party Earth · April 4, 2012
  • New York Habitat
    Step into Chinatown, a world of its own, where more than 2 million NYC residents live. There is great authentic Chinese food here and street vendors are all over.
    New York Habitat · September 26, 2011
  • Gloriann C.
    China town has plenty of things to do, Whether it be eat good food, ice cream,go to the arcade,go grocery shopping and more. It's also an affordable shopping area :)
    Gloriann Chhouth · August 17, 2010
  • The Negotiation Institute (TNI)
    Canal St. is a great way to test out your negotiation skills with the flocks of vendors selling replica bags and watches. Those vendors are negotiation PROs.
    There's more than 150 years of history to explore in this fascinating ethnic enclave, including the Museum of Chinese in America and a Mahayana Buddhist temple. Read more · January 27, 2012
  • M. Silver Associates
    Free Chinatown Food Tour through Chinatown designed to provide visitors with excellent insight into the neighborhood's culinary possibilities. Phone: 646-450-6831 Email:
    M. Silver Associates · January 24, 2012
  • Enid A.
    Chinatown has gotten seedy and I irrelevant. Cheap, aggressive street vendors push their counterfeit wares. It's lost it's charm and allure. Streets have an awful stench.
    Enid Atwater · September 29, 2013
  • Gergely N.
    Almost as expected, although much more quiet than 10 years ago. Make sure to check it out during the night as well if you have the time.
    Gergely Nagy · October 13, 2015
  • Erika M.
    Great place for seafood and purses. If someone says they have good deals - follow them with your friends. You may be weirded out but won't be disappointed in the end.
    Erika Miller · August 11, 2012
  • Joshua N.
    Need a pashmina scarf or a trinket to send your grandmother? Chinatown is your answer. Walk around, don't be scared, politely say "no thanks" when asked if you want to buy a watch.
    Joshua Ness · November 15, 2011
  • 陳雄暉 弟.
    Get your fake handbags, watches, and whatever else on the corner of Canal & Mott or Centre & Baxter. Look for the suspicious Asian guy with the pizza box. 👜
    陳雄暉 弟兄 · October 20, 2014
    Besides the drool-worthy eats, we have lots of fun with the offbeat shopping (we’re always up for haggling over cheap, kitsch “Chinese” treasures or exotic Asian fruits that we’ve never seen before). Read more · May 1, 2012
  • Paul Y.
    go with a native & visit. black market shopping is good, but that's it. food is not so good. best chinese is now in flushing & brooklyn.
    Paul Yan · October 16, 2011
  • Kiboo
    For the best prices on just about anything in NYC, check out Canal Street in Chinatown. They might be knockoffs, but who cares if your friends can't tell?
    Kiboo · September 22, 2011
  • Dora
    Visit one of the largest Buddhist temples in NYC, right across from the Manhattan Bridge. See a massive golden Buddha and get a fortune for a $1 donation! Powered by
    Dora · July 23, 2010
  • Chris L.
    Make sure you talk every vendor down price wise! And when they still won't give you what you want, threaten to leave. It'll be yours ;)
    Chris Luner · April 7, 2013
  • Elaine T.
    Asian food? It's all here! And for tourists : don't forget to buy cheap souvenirs in Canal St. I bought 1 <3 NY T-shirt for like $10 for 5.
    Elaine Tan · August 24, 2010
  • Brad H.
    Delicious food, and good shopping. Love the bustling crowds and the sensory overload you get here. Great experience.
    Brad Hager · December 31, 2015
  • Jay & Shea
    going with someone who speaks & reads Chinese will enhance your restaurant food ordering experience. also, check out the temples!
    Jay & Shea · November 21, 2010
  • NY Waterway M.
    Exciting neighborhood! So much to do; so little time! Check out some of the recommendations we have on our website. Let us be Your Key to the City!
    NY Waterway Manager · May 7, 2012
  • Jessica D.
    Nom Wah, North Side Dumplings, Golden Unicorn, Dim Sum A Go Go -- my favorite Chinese nosheries in the area
    Jessica Delfino · February 3, 2014
  • Gray Line New York
    Hop-off at Stop #9 during the Downtown Loop and visit the street vendors known for great shopping bargains.
    Gray Line New York · November 22, 2011
  • Richard F.
    When in Chinatown visit the Starbucks on the corner of Canal St & Lafayette. Go in side and look up at the ceiling.....
    Richard Francis · September 11, 2013
  • 42nd Street P.
    Grab some delicious food, and great some cool photos to share with your friends and family, you wont believe your still in New York
    42nd Street Photo · August 16, 2011
  • EatMeDrinkMeNYC
    Dumpling, bubble tea, fish you've never seen before and cheap knock-offs. What's not to love about that?
    EatMeDrinkMeNYC · December 29, 2011
  • Hudson L.
    Ethnic enclave where dreams are made... Come see a true NYC immigrant neighborhood where community and hard work are still the currency of the land instead of...currency.
    Hudson L. · August 16, 2011
  • Muhammad M.
    Tourists, street vendors and the bootleggers completely block the sidewalks, if you're in a hurry, walk in the street!
    Muhammad Malik · July 8, 2010
  • Elizabeth
    When you're in Chinatown at the peek of the busiest times -- watch out! This area can get pretty crowded, fast.
    Elizabeth · July 22, 2011
  • Bobby I.
    Got to spicy village or shanghai Cade. Best authentic Chinese food ever! I lived in china. I know authentic!
    Bobby Irven · October 17, 2012
  • Losninos W.
    We hesitated but we did dare to push the door ... Try a foot massage! Starts at 15$ or so.
    Losninos Willy · June 18, 2013
  • Ryan A.
    Avoid Mott St. The fish market smells like pure doo-doo. Chinatown in general just smells, so avoid it all together if possible.
    Ryan A. · September 2, 2010
  • Phillip M.
    There are a lot of Chinese people here. Maybe Korean or Japanese or some other Asian. I can't really tell the difference.
    Phillip Ma · May 20, 2012
  • Tiffany W.
    So many choices in types of cuisines. The fruit and seafood markets are always so fresh and cheap! !
    Tiffany Wong · December 23, 2014
  • Linh T.
    Go to Jing Fong in Elizabeth Street for the best dim sum! There's always a line on the weekend but it's worth it!
    Linh Ta · September 14, 2012
  • Howcast
    Ever try making Chinese food at home? Try it out by first making homemade fried rice! Read more
    Howcast · July 21, 2011
  • Brian M.
    Make sure to always bring cash with you. Places rarely accept credit cards here.
    Brian Michael · October 27, 2012
  • Antonio R.
    They only accept cash, great deals if you have the time to negotiate and have time to kill.
    Antonio Rodriguez · November 20, 2010
  • Dilara Sultan
    Find stall after stall filled with sparklies to adorn your ears, fingers and even your phone - a belly dancer's heaven!
    Dilara Sultan · October 10, 2011
  • Kimmie O.
    Delicious, authentic Chinese food! You know it's legit when the natives go there!
    Kimmie Ohh · March 14, 2015
  • Karin R.
    Cheap sunglasses and cute shoe stores abound!! 60 and sunny and a great place to wander in NYC
    Karin Rendelman · April 17, 2011
  • Marcus R.
    Find Canal Street and take an afternoon walk. Insane Deals are found here, just grab hold o the right street vendor!
    Marcus Rivera · October 10, 2012
  • Mandy W.
    Don't forget to negotiate for a great bargain! Walk away.. They will give it to you!
    Mandy Walker · April 27, 2013
  • Kris Laverdure Corleone F.
    The shopping is amazing in Spring....Little Italy is soo small though!
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