Manhattan’s Chinatown is one of the oldest Chinese enclaves outside of Asia, and its Chinese roots are reflected in the high energy of the area. Located near nine-subway lines, Chinatown is favored for its convenience, low prices from “I Love New York” souvenirs to freshly roasted duck and exotic fruits. Chinatown is located bordering the Lower East Side to its east, Little Italy to its north and Tribeca to its West.
The neighborhood is home to a large number of Chinese supermarkets like New York Supermarket and Hong Kong Supermarket. These two supermarkets are among the largest supermakets carrying all food varieties within the long time established Cantonese community in the western section of Chinatown.
Unlike most other urban Chinatowns, Manhattan’s Chinatown is both a residential area as well as a commercial area. The housing stock of Chinatown is still mostly composed of cramped tenement buildings, some of which are over 100 years old.
Even though Chinatown’s perks have led to an increase in some luxury real estate options in recent years, the neighborhood still maintains its identity as a bustling enclave.