There’s no question that Manhattan’s Chinatown is changing. Yet amid fierce competition as a dining destination from Flushing and Sunset Park, Manhattan’s Chinatown remains one step ahead. The food scene between Lafayette and Allen is transforming, with a host of new restaurants adding chickpea guacamole and açai bowls to the neighborhood’s traditional roster of dim sum, hand-pulled noodles, and seafood.
In crumbling alleys and storied nooks, you’ll still find buckets of that greasy, old-school charm — but now there’s much else besides. Featuring a traditional dim sum parlor, a Japanese poke shop, and a hole-in-the-wall noodle joint, these are the best places to eat in Chinatown. The best restaurants.