Home to the largest population of Chinese people in the Western hemisphere, Manhattan's Chinatown can be daunting. Hurried shopkeepers peek out from windows while children play ball in the streets. In terms of food? Well, buckle up. To find the good stuff takes a little time and a whole lot of patience. If clean and tidy floors are on your list of musts, well...let's just say you may be better suited to grab grub somewhere else.
But if you're open for culinary adventure and looking for it on the cheap, there's few better places in the city to get your fill. From old-standbys-turned-neighborhood-hotspots like the dim sum restaurant Nom Wah Tea Parlor to fresh fusion newcomers like Japanese-Hawaiian-Korean-inspired Chikarashi, Chinatown is brimming with possibilities old and new.
If it's simply low costs and high value you're after, you'd be remiss to visit New York and not pass through Chinatown for dumplings at Prosperity Dumpling or Tasty Dumpling - locals will tell you that both spots often go head-to-head on lists like this one. Another option that's not as often documented are the food carts dotting the streets, so you can forget halal and skip right to the rice noodles.
Below, we dive into the 10 best restaurants in Chinatown.