Chinatown

Lonely Planet review

Endless exotic moments await in New York City’s most colorfully cramped community, where a walk down through the neighborhood is never the same no matter how many times you pass through. Catch the whiff of fresh fish and ripe persimmons, hear the clacking of mah-jongg tiles on makeshift tables, witness dangling duck roasts swinging in store windows and shop for anything imaginable from rice-paper lanterns and ‘faux-lex’ watches to tire irons and a pound of pressed nutmeg. America’s largest congregation of Chinese immigrants is your oyster – dipped in soy sauce, of course.