Happy Chinese Near Year NYC!

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New York is spot on to celebrate the Chinese New Year–it’s home to the largest Chinese community in the Western Hemisphere, a vibrant, colorful neighborhood with lots of buzz and activity. Here, some ideas for where to indulge in great dim sum and Chinese food, as well some cultural spots from my New York City books “New York City with Kids” and “New York City Made Easy.” Happy New Year!


Dim sum is the Cantonese term for small dishes meaning “a little bit of heart.” There are hundreds of types of steamed and fried dim sum (meat, vegetarian, fish). Usually you select from carts that are pushed throughout the restaurant.

Jing Fong

20 Elizabeth Street (between Canal and Bayard streets)

It’s all about dim sum at this hugely popular Chinatown restaurant in an equally large space—eating here is an event, not just a meal. You must experience dim sum here—carts with more than 100 dim sum items are whizzed around the room by the hi-tech wait staff who wear microphone headsets. You’ll see lots of Chinese families dining at this festive restaurant.

Golden Unicorn

18 East Broadway (at Catherine Street)

Another very popular Chinatown dim sum hot spot—the selection is enormous and so is the dining space.

Great New York Noodletown

28 1/2 Bowery (at Bayard St.)

You won’t find dim sum here, but if you love noodles this is a good choice. Think noodle soup, pan fried noodles, lo mein. The restaurant is also known for its salt baked shrimp.

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

65 Bayard Street (between Mott and Elizabeth streets), www.chinatownicecreamfactory.com

Not your traditional ice cream flavors (green tea, taro and lychee), but there’s vanilla, too.

Museum of Chinese in the Americas
70 Mulberry Street
On Friday, the museum is free all day.
Subway: N,R,6
Housed in a 19th-century schoolhouse, the museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting Chinese history and culture in the Western Hemisphere with historic photographs, documents and other artifacts. Of particular interest is the collection of tiny shoes from feet-binding days.

Hit Canal Street in Chinatown for bargains galore. Great stores for jewelry include Dragon Jewelry at 195 Canal Street and Golden Pearl Jewelry at 215 Canal Street.

Author: Laurie Bain Wilson

I write about travel, food and lifestyle, for outlets including The Boston Globe and OpenTable.com. As a contributing writer to TravelChannel.com, I was the site’s NYC expert and wrote dozens of pieces. I have also written for other publications and websites, including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Time Out NY For Kids, salon.com, travelmuse.com, Boston Herald, New England Travel & Life, Woman’s Day, New York Daily News, Parenting and more. I was a travel editor for ten years at a national glossy bridal magazine in NYC where I wrote and edited hundreds of articles that revolved around planning honeymoons and destination weddings. I still write about honeymoons for bridal magazines. And I also collaborated on How to Organize Just About Everything with Peter Walsh; I wrote 80 mini-chapters. I have written several travel guidebooks and a children’s baseball novel, Catcher in the Sky. I also co-authored several Murder, She Wrote novels--they are Manhattans and Murder, Rum and Razors and Three Strikes, You're Dead. If you’d like to check out some of my articles, please visit http://muckrack.com/laurieheather If you’re on Twitter, please follow me @laurieheather And my linked in profile can be found at http://www.linkedin.com/in/lauriebainwilson

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