One neighborhood that ties thousands of the world’s most influential cities together is Chinatown. Dim sum, Peking Duck, Americanized classics, and influences from a bevvy of Pacific countries make exploring America’s Chinatowns a foodie dream.
New York, NY
New York City is actually home to two of the best Chinatowns in the United States. The first is located in Lower Manhattan, bordered by SoHo and Nolita. It’s packed with cheap dumpling shops (four for one dollar!) like Vanessa’s Dumplings, as well as countless Vietnamese and Thai gems. The second, and larger Chinatown, is in Flushing Queens. Endless rows of dim sum restaurants beckon hungry explorers and Mets fans. Check out Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao for steamed, fried, and soup dumpling delights.
Guests of our Boxer Boston Hotel can enjoy a stroll through Beacon Hill and the Boston Common when heading to the city’s Chinatown. Old men play checkers in the afternoons in by the neighborhood’s stylized archway, and killer karaoke joints (try Golden Leaf Karaoke) line the streets. For dim sum, try Gourmet Dumpling House, or visit Pho Pasteur for some of the best Vietnamese soup in town.
San Francisco, CA
A popular port for immigrants in the mid-1800s, San Francisco is home of the country’s first Chinatown. Spread across 20 blocks, the neighborhood is filled with vibrant fish markets, bakeries and temples. Check out the Hang Ah Tea Room for some affordable dumplings at the country’s oldest dim sum house. For something a little fancier, sample the dungenous crab at the stately R&G Lounge.
Located in Center City, near our Independent Hotel, Philadelphia’s Chinatown is within walking distance of a number of the city’s most famous destinations like Reading Terminal Market and Rittenhouse Square. Cantonese immigrants built the neighborhood in the 1800s, but Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese influences have since joined the mix. Indulge in classic Cantonese favorites like beef with Chinese broccoli at local favorite Lee How Fook. For late-night deliciousness, stop by David’s Mai Lai Wah until 4am for Peking duck.
Enter DC’s Chinatown through the epic Friendship Arch, which honors the District’s relationship with its sister city Beijing. The small neighborhood is intimate and authentic, with dozens of small restaurants. Find proper dumplings at Ping Pong Dim Sum, or head to Japanese hotspot Momiji for some of the best sushi in town.