Chinatown & Little Italy: Tastes of Yesterday and Today

Come stroll with us through Chinatown and Little Italy, skipping Canal St. and other tourist thoroughfares, and instead heading to twisted back streets packed with foreign foods, sights and sounds.  We will explore these famous ethnic enclaves as they’re meant to be experienced: letting delectable food be our ambassador.

Chinatown food group

Dumpling time!

Ray in Little Italy

Ray offers fresh prosciutto and mozzarella

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Pork dumplings available steamed or fried

Our food stops will be myriad: Chinese-style beef jerky, steamed soup dumplings, lychee nut fruit, fresh mozzarella with prosciutto and, of course, cannolis for desert.  A delight for all five sense, visitors will feel transported to another part of the world without ever leaving Lower Manhattan. Join us and experience the stark contrasts of Chinatown and Little Italy–vibrant immigrant neighborhoods ever in transition.

Dried mushrooms and shellfish–a common sight on the sidewalks of Chinatown’s food districts.

Chinatown Temple

A stunning Buddhist temple in the heart of Chinatown

Take a chance! Break through the outside shell of a rambutan to find its sweet fruit

Take a chance! Break through the outside shell of a rambutan to find its sweet fruit

 

Food included in this tour:

  1. Pork and Chive Dumplings
  2. Authentic Chinese Beef Jerky
  3. Chinese fruit: Rambutan and Longan
  4. Fresh mozzarella and prosciutto
  5. Sicilian style cannoli

Meeting Place: Columbus Park right inside from the intersection of Mulberry and Mosco St. There are benches there that are usually empty, between the two basketball courts.

Closest Trains: N, R, Q, J, Z or #6 to Canal St. #4 or 5 to Brooklyn Bridge.

The cluttered entrance to a Chinatown shopping arcade.  Clearly the target audience is not English-speakers.

The cluttered entrance to a Chinatown shopping arcade. Clearly the target audience is not English-speakers.