New York City - Chinatown and Little Italy

The Lower Eastside of Manhattan is where you will find Chinatown and Little Italy.

The main streets for Chinatown are Grand and Canal Street.
In Chinatown near Mott and Grand Streets, you will see stands selling Asian delicacies like live eels, dried seafood and meat, and exotic fruit.  
On Canal Street, you will see tons of jewelry stores and gift shops. 
This is a good place to purchase souvenirs and trinkets.
In addition, you will see many Restaurants serving authentic Chinese, Hong Kong, Thai, Vietnamese, and other Asian foods.

Click here for detailed information on Chinatown

Bordering Chinatown is Little Italy.
The main street for Little Italy is Mulberry Street.
On Mulberrry Street you will see many restaurants and some shops. 
The draw to Little Italy is the authentic Italian Food.  
If you come in the evening the street of Mulberry becomes pedestrian only and is lit up. 
It makes for a romantic setting and adds charm to the street.
In addition to the great food you can also visit:
Most Precious Blood Church on Mulberry Street
Old St. Patrick’s Church on Mott Street
Italian American Museum on Grand Street

For more information on Little Italy click here 

Address Canal Street / Mulberry Street Lower Eastside Manhattan (downtown)
Admission Fee Free
Getting There
By Subway:

For Chinatown:
Take the 6, J, M, N, Q, R, W, Z downtown and Exit at Canal Street Station or
Take the B, D downtown and Exit at Grand Street Station or
Take the F downtown and Exit at Grand Street station

For Little Italy:
Take the 6 subway downtown to the Spring Street station
Walk East 2 blocks to Mulberry Street or

Take the N or R subways downtown to the Prince Street station
Walk East 3 blocks to Mulberry Street or

Take the F or V subways downtown to the Broadway/Lafayette station
Walk East 4 blocks to Mulberry Street and then walk south.
 Recommendation
• Combine with a visit to City Hall, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Statue of Liberty, or Wall St.

• There is a pay what you want tour available by Tours by Foot.  They have many options, this is great for history buffs and Foodies! 

• The area is a bit dicey with homeless and people on drugs who walk around the area.  They don't really bother anybody but use caution.  Just be aware of your surroundings, belongings, and who is near you at all times.