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Best Walking Tours to Explore Chinatown NYC

Best Walking Tours to Explore Chinatown NYC

New York City's Chinatown is a vibrant, bustling neighborhood filled with unique stores, food and culture you won't be able to find anywhere else in the city. It's a no-frills neighborhood that offers amazing value and experiences -- if you know where to get it. It's not always easy to navigate the narrow streets, pick the right market or order the best food. Here are five ways to approach this loud and energetic part of town.

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    Shop & Cook: Chinatown for Fish
    Shop & Cook: Chinatown for Fish

    Camaje Cooking

    Learn how to buy and cook great fish, Chinese-style. In every Chinese household, there is a great cook; whether it's the mother, the father, the child or an actual cook is irrelevant. This great cook doesn't go to Whole Foods, but to Chinatown. Here, there are fair prices and good quality produce. To know Chinatown is to know how to shop in Chinatown and we're not talking about bargaining for fake prada wallets (or PLADA as some read). Luckily, there is a cooking class in NYC where you can learn the secrets, brave the fish markets (while plugging your nose), understand how to pick the freshest top quality fish and make a drool-worthy dish at home.

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    Chinatown Food Tour -- poor UX, removing from platform (MCK 7/20/15)
    Chinatown Food Tour -- poor UX, removing from platform (MCK 7/20/15)

    New York Food Tours

    Or you could opt to just eat in Chinatown. If you are not looking for a cooking lesson, you're probably looking for the food everyone talks about. Well, this NYC food tour is happy to oblige you. You can follow an experienced guide and try samplings from restaurants that New York locals frequent. Here, a knowledgeable guide can help locate the authentic and the delicious finds in this area narrow and winding streets.

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    Asian Vegetarian Food Tour -- poor UX, removing from platform (MCK 7/20/15)
    Asian Vegetarian Food Tour -- poor UX, removing from platform (MCK 7/20/15)

    New York Food Tours

    Discover how the Chinese do vegetables best. All veggie lovers unite! In Chinatown, there are copious windows filled with golden chickens and pigs roasting, but don't worry, vegetables and tofu are star ingredients in Chinese cuisine and equally delicious. With this food tour, you can experience the hustle and bustle of New York's infamous Chinatown in a completely different way, sampling tofu, dim sum, scallion pancakes and Chinese pastries. Trust me, you won't miss the meat.

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    Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest
    Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest

    Ahoy NY Tours and Tasting

    Score big and try the best of two worlds. People say that Little Italy is getting eaten up by Chinatown, but I think we're looking at this the wrong way. What's so bad about having two of the greatest cuisines only blocks away from each other? Alana know's what I'm talking about and has created the perfect food tour to help you navigate and enjoy Chinatown and Little Italy's best. She'l take you to restaurants, stores and cafes in these two neighborhoods and provide fun stories and tips as you nibble on samples along the way. Think of how heavenly it would be munching on the tangy, salty and savory and then polishing it off with the creamy, cheesy and dreamy?

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    Chinatown Food Tour
    Chinatown Food Tour

    Foods of New York Tours

    Chinatown Food Tour. If you have ever sat down at a Chinese restaurant and been totally dumbfounded as to how to eat a dish? Maybe you got an entire fish and had the head facing you (creepy), or Peking Duck and were not sure why there were ten other components to the dish. Not all of us are lucky enough to have that insider, a Chinese, Taiwanese, or regular customer of any sort to show you the ropes which is why Foods of New York created this Chinatown food tour. This tour will take you to three exquisite regional restaurants and guide you through the etiquette for all the dishes tried there--useful AND tasty? Yes please!

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