Chinatown Walking Tour

hopper_chop-suey Restaurants have played a major role in Chinatown history since the early settlements. The earliest Chinese eateries in New York catered strictly to the needs of Chinatown’s turn-of-the-century “bachelor society.” Over time, however, Chinatown’s restaurant industry would reflect the neighborhood’s changing immigrant population and needs. This themed walking tour hosted by MOCA traces the evolution of eateries in Chinatown, highlighting the ways in which these spaces have both shaped and reflected the community.

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Dimes in Chinatown

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On the border of Chinatown and the Lower East Side is a little gem called Dimes. It is great for patrons who are budget conscious, vegetarian, like the healthy lifestyle, and raw food. Those who frequent Dimes enjoy the pulled chicken sandwich, the acai bowls, and the BLT. I mean come on, who says no to lime mayo?

Dimes 143 Division St New York, NY 10002 (212) 240-9410

How to Get This Photo of East Broadway

New York City Streets - Chinatown - East Broadway----XL If you follow any NYC based photographer or Instagrammer, you have probably seen this picture overlooking East Broadway. Where do you take it?

Here's the secret: grab a friend or loved one and take a walk on the Manhattan bridge. If you have more time, start in Brooklyn. If you have less time, start walking from the Chinatown side. We guarantee that you'll find a few sights that are photo worthy!

Two-Story Hot Pot Restaurant in Chinatown

unnamed-3 If you're a hot pot fan like I am, grab a bunch of friends and head to Chinatown's new 99 Favor Taste! The fresh meat, vegetable, and seafood are unlimited for $21.99, but if you like Korean BBQ, that's available too for 5 dollars more. The grill and pot are in the center of the table so you and your friends can have fun cooking your own food.

Last week, my friends and I went for the first time to celebrate two birthdays. The service was fantastic, very personalized, and we sat in a semi-private room in the mezzanine level.


99 Favor Taste LES 285 Grand Street 646) 682-9122 Take the D train to Grand Street Opened from noon to 1AM daily


Reservations are available and so are semi-private rooms, giving you and your loved ones a designated space to celebrate any event! Check out their Facebook page here.

Bicycle Silhouettes in Chinatown

unnamed-1 If you have been to Chinatown recently, you might haven noticed beautiful bicycle silhouettes pop up! However, it's not just in Chinatown.

84 year old Mexican artist, Gilberto Aceve Navarro, has placed 122 steel bicycle silhouettes in Manhattan and Brooklyn with the intentions to promote healthy living and art. Navarro sketches them before and are laser cut into 3/8 inch-thick steel plates. Each bicycle weighs 1,200 pounds!

Thank you Mr. Navarro - we love the new artwork in Chinatown!