Although New York City boasts the largest Chinatown in the United States, the neighborhood has become far more than just a cultural enclave. Traditions – and a proud population that’s been here for decades – remain firmly in place, but the ever-changing nature of lower Manhattan has made Chinatown a newly desirable place to live.
With prices far lower than most of downtown, yet easy access to everything from the Lower East Side to the Financial District, Chinatown offers practicality and convenience alongside local delights like authentic shops and restaurants full of exotic foods.
The saturation of the Lower East Side with bars and restaurants has meant an increase of hip new places spilling out past its borders and popping up throughout Chinatown, with the area known as ‘Two Bridges’ – at the feet of the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge – becoming particularly popular as a place to both go out, and to live.
You know a neighborhood’s become fashionable when it gets a speakeasy-style cocktail bar, and Chinatown’s Apotheke is one of the hippest in the city. Hidden away down an out-of-the-way curve of Doyers Street, this apothecary-influenced mixology lab serves up some of the best drinks and ambiance around. The complex cocktails feature local organic ingredients and bartenders mix them up with theatrical flair behind an imported marble bar lined with antique medicine bottles.Apotheke
Every Saturday from April to October, local eateries, artisans, vintage clothing vendors and more sell their wares at this outdoor market - and year-round, the nearby New Museum features snacks from Hester Street Fair’s most popular vendors.Hester Street Fair