The largest enclave of chinese people in the western hemisphere is found on Manhattan NYC. Here is an estimated population around 100.000 people from different regions of China. When you enter Chinatown just besides of Lower East Side, it is like flying many miles away in a split second and ending up in asia. Chinatown is full of small shops selling you all the stuff you never knew you needed, lot of restaurants and supermarkets, fish markets etc. Actually this, the best known Chinatown in the world, is just one of eight chinatowns in the New York City Metropolitan Area, which in total has an estimated population of 735.000 individuals.
This part of the city has everything what a citizen would need, schools, theaters, huge housing complexes and everything else you could imagine. Many tourists goes to visit Chinatown, to see the area, and to enjoy some of all the good foods you can find here.
We visited a fusion restaurant called Nyonya which serves a combination between chinese and malaysian cuisine. We didn’t plan to go here, but just jumped in, when we got hungry while walking around chinatown. Nyonya is technically placed in Little Italy, but like most other parts of the world, the Chinese are talking over. Most of Little Italy is more or less turned in to a part of of Chinatown, and it seems hard to find a pizzeria which actually is owned by an italian.
Nyonya served us a great lunch, spicy and original, so we for a second thought that we were back on one of our trips to Asia.
So is Chinatown worth a visit? Well – if you would like a good walk, and see something different in NYC, sure, go ahead as long as you don’t get your hopes up to high. It is not a cultural revalation, but a fun experience for a few hours.