October 11, 2007

A City to Love

Each time we're in NYC, I find one more reason to love this vibrant and oh-so-very-unique city. And among the top five on this list is definitely Chinatown!

And it's all about the food for me! :)

Here they are in no particular order ... fried dumplings and sticky rice cakes from sidewalk vendors, tasty noodle bowls and fragrant pastries from bakery shops, delicious dim sum treats, 10-course family meals from local restaraunts, and much much more which you'll have to discover for yourself.

And what fun you'll have trying to decipher the secret ingredients and treasures of Chinatown! The best part is ... everything is amazingly affordable! But don't forget to bargain when purchasing anything from street vendors and shops. You may get a surprisingly good deal if you're a little patient. Last but not least, bring a bit of cash since many places don't accept credit cards and street vendors definitely want only cash.

And if you're hungry at 2:00AM? Check these places out!

Are you ready?! Here's a map to help you navigate the streets of Chinatown, and below are directions on how to get there.


How to Get to Chinatown from Anywhere in NYC (Directions from www.explorechinatown.com.)

By Subway
6, J, M, N, Q, R, W, Z to Canal St station
B, D to Grand St station
F to East Broadway station
Get subway directions from hopstop.com

By Bus
M1, M6, M9, M15, M22, M103, B39, B51

- From East Village (Cooper Square, below St. Marks/8th Street)- walk straight down 3rd Avenue, which becomes Bowery, to Chatham Square.
- From SoHo - walk downtown on Broadway, turn left on Canal to Mott Street.
- From TriBeCa - walk uptown on Broadway, turn right on Worth (to Chatham Sq.) or Canal Street (to Mott Street).
- From South Street Seaport - walk uptown on Pearl Street (which becomes St. James PL) to Chatham Square.
- From WTC memorial site (corner of Church Street & Vesey Street) - walk uptown on Church Street or Broadway to Canal Street. Turn right and walk east.
- From Jury Duty/Centre Street - walk east on Worth Street one block to Columbus Park.

I promise you'll find something to love in Chinatown! And most likely, it'll be something to do with FOOD!