Chinatown & Little Italy

Just north of the Financial District are two neighborhoods driven by their histories as ethnic enclaves: Chinatown and Little Italy. Offering more than just excellent restaurants, both neighborhoods are distinguished from Chinatowns and Little Italys elsewhere by Lower Manhattan’s distinct flow of energy. From the pace Chinatown’s open markets to Little Italy’s urban village feel, these neighborhoods have a lot worth exploring.
The Vibe
The intercultural feel of this Lower Manhattan spot is kept alive with tons of people out and about around every corner.
Bragging Rights
Great N.Y. Noodletown, known for its cheap prices and crowd experience, has gotten praise from celebrity chefs and New Yorkers alike.
Architecture
Chinatown is mostly filled with tiny tenement buildings, housing projects, and small, cramped storefronts.
Best Kept Secret
Doyers Street is one of the few curved streets in Manhattan and has become a favorite for filmmakers in recent years.
By Day
Ridiculously crowded streets are overrun with pedestrians, so expect to have your personal space violated at one point or another. Thousands of people peruse stores on Canal Street, where inexpensive gifts can be found.
By Night
Chinatown’s nightlife is largely comprised of unmarked bars and basement lounges.