Chinatown & Little Italy: Tastes of Yesterday and Today

On this tour we will stroll through Chinatown and Little Italy, skipping Canal St. and other tourist thoroughfares.  Instead we will visit the back streets of the original Chinatown, the last remnants of the infamous 5-points neighborhood and one of the largest Buddhas in New York (16 foot-tall…and gold!)

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.  We will have traditional Chinese beef jerky, Lychee nut fruit, fresh mozzarella with prosciutto and, of course, cannolis for desert.

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

We will experience the stark contrast as one immigrant neighborhood transitions rapidly into another and we will see the changes brought about by gentrification as this part of Lower Manhattan becomes trendier and more expensive.

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

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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.