Friday, November 17, 2006

New York City's Chinatown

It's the the largest Chinatown in the United States and the site of the largest concentration of Chinese people in the western hemisphere. It is also the place for great shopping and food. While there are some chain restaurants and stores (there is a a Haagen-Dazs with a mooncake flavored frozen treat) most of the places are independently owned. One of our favorite things to do in Chinatown is to get dim sum our usual place is the crowded Grand Harmony (98 Mott Street, New York, NY, 212-226-6603) but this time we went to Mandarin Court (61 Mott St., New York, NY, 212-608-3838) because they seemed to have more vegetarian options, a concern for my sister-in-law (see tomorrow's post for more details of our visit) . Dim sum is fun- a cheap way to try lots of little dishes. There are also many teahouses and bakeries and the very popular Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (65 Bayard St., New York, NY, 212-608-4170) featuring ice cream in flavors like red bean, wasabi, green tea, lychee, mango, passion fruit, and ginger. There are also lots of candy shops and cornerstores featuring American and Asian treats. There is also a fair number of Thai, Malaysian, Japanese and Vietnamese restaurants and shops. Every time we go to Chinatown we come back with bags full of hard-to-find-in-Baltimore noodles (carrot! spinach!) , candy, tea, craft supplies and kitchenware.