Chinatown’s Mott Street
Crowded with restaurants and festive shops, Mott Street (at Canal Street) is a great spot for catching the flavor of Chinatown. Mott Street is the oldest Chinese-inhabited street in the city, and has many of Chinatown’s oldest restaurants as well as a plethora of Chinese stores.
One store of note is Yunhong (50 Mott St., 212/ 566 8828), a tiny store dedicated to chopsticks. Be sure to explore the side streets off Mott Street, and take a walk into Columbus Park (at Mulberry and Bayard Sts.) to feel like you have left the streets of New York City behind as clusters of men play Xiangqi (Chinese chess) and children play on the courts.
© Avalon Travel and Sascha Zuger from Moon New York State, 5th Edition