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New York - Around Town : Chinatown and Little Italy (part 2) - Chinatown Food Shops

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A Stroll Around Chinatown and Little Italy

Morning

Take the No. 6 train to Spring Street, walk past Lafayette, and turn down Mulberry Street for a stroll through Little Italy. Don’t miss the old-fashioned food shops on Grand Street, such as cheese specialist Alleva Dairy (188 Mulberry Street at Grand) and Piemonte Co. (190 Grand Street), where two dozen shapes and varieties of pasta can be bought. At 206 Grand is DiPalo Dairy, where you can watch fresh mozzarella being made. Take a break at a classic Italian café, like Caffè Roma,385 Broome Street, or Ferrara’s,195–201 Grand Street.

Take Grand Street west to Centre Street, then turn left and you’ll find an introduction to what’s ahead, the Museum of Chinese in the Americas . Walk east back to Mott Street, the center of Chinatown. Enjoy a dim sum lunch at Jing Fong or the Golden Unicorn .

Food shopping
Afternoon

Remaining on Mott Street, spend some time browsing the many shops, exotic food stores, markets, and galleries that line the street. Step into Teariffic,

51 Mott Street
, to sample a current fad imported from Taiwan: tall glasses of flavored teas served with “pearls” of tapioca in the bottom.

End the afternoon with a visit to the golden Buddhas of the Eastern States Buddhist Temple and have your fortune read.

Chinatown Food Shops

  1. Street Markets

    Canal Street and Hester Street are among the many blocks crowded with outdoor stands selling exotic Chinese vegetables, fruits, and dried foods.

    • Chinatown, including Canal & Hester Sts

    Street market
  2. Mark’s Wine & Spirits

    Authentic Chinese alcohol, such as mei kuei lu chiew with its rosewater scent, and Shaohsing wine, can be purchased here.

    • 53 Mott St at Bayard St

  3. Kamwo Herb and Tea

    One of the better-known shops offering Chinese herbs said to cure anything from arthritis to impotence. Ginseng is available in teas or supplement form.

    • 209–11 Grand St

  4. Fay Da Bakery

    Sample a delicious soft bun filled with roasted pork or beef for less than $1, then try almond cookies, red bean cakes, custard tarts, or cream buns for dessert.

    • 83 Mott St at Canal St

  5. Ten Ren Tea & Ginseng Company

    An array of golden canisters holds many varieties of Chinese teas; knowledgeable clerks will explain the properties of each and how to brew them properly.

    • 75 Mott St

    Ten Ren Tea & Ginseng Company
  6. Kam Man Food Products

    One of the largest food emporiums in Chinatown stocks tonics, teas, jellies, ginseng, vegetables of every shape, and row upon row of sauces.

    • 200 Canal St

  7. Chinatown Food Market

    This cramped store offers all manner of dried seafood, imported goods, noodles, watermelon seeds and counterfeit toothpaste. Try one of the inexpensive, wrapped hard candies.

    • 225 Grand St at Elizabeth St

  8. Deluxe Food Market

    The Chinese come here for prepared foods, marinated meats and the fully stocked meat and fish counters.

    • 79 Elizabeth St

  9. May May Gourmet Chinese Bakery

    On one of the streets of old Chinatown is this cheerful, modern shop best known for dim sum, to be enjoyed on the spot or to go.

    • 35 Pell St

  10. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

    Ginger, lychee, pumpkin, mango, and red bean are among the flavors that can be sampled at this popular dessert stop, a favorite with young visitors.

    • 65 Bayard St at Mott St

    Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
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