At Arlo Hotel, we frequently recommend neighborhoods and sites for our guests to visit. Whether they’re looking for a lunchtime spot, a cool smaller gallery, or an interesting view of the city skyline, our expert staff have them covered. A frequently suggested neighborhood is Chinatown, located in the southern end of Manhattan to the west of the Lower East Side and north of the Financial District.
Chinatown is of course best known for Chinese restaurants, shops, and as a neighborhood that embraces Chinese-descent residents and culture. It’s a high-energy neighborhood that exemplifies both the frenetic pace of NYC as well as its charms.
Spending a day in Chinatown is not complete without grabbing takeout from one of the many restaurants. Chinatown was hard hit by COVID-19, especially various dim sum restaurants that offered seating for dozens of patrons. As the pandemic fades, expect to see more of these shops reopen as tourists and locals flock to old favorites to support Chinatown. Restaurants including standouts Bo Ky, Spicy Village, Great N.Y. Noodletown and various others continue to offer amazing takeout that visitors can enjoy in Columbus Park while watching locals play mahjong.
After filling up on dim sum and other delectable fare, we at Arlo SoHo NYC Hotel recommend you hop over to the Museum of Chinese in America to learn more about the history and heritage of Chinese immigrants. It’s a wonderful national archive of the contributions Chinese-American communities have provided New York City and the nation. It also provides visitors with context about the many hardships these communities have overcome in the past, and the many things it continues to provide in current times. The museum includes a stunning collection of photography and interactive scenarios that help visitors envision what life was like for the earliest Chinese immigrants.