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Feb 12, 2012 10:32 AM

Street Food, Little Italy and China town

Hello Foodies-
We are traveling to NYC in March with our 2 girls, 8 and 10. We love creative and delicious street food. Any suggestions?
Also, the girls would like to eat in Little Italy and Chinatown- any suggestions for simple palates?

thank you, so very much!


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  1. $1 chinese food from the carts as good as any restaurant.
    Pork buns from chinese bakeries
    Hong kong cakes bowery and canal
    About 12 for $1 tiny little pancakes

    1. Street food isn't really going on in Little Italy and Chinatown. Mayor Mike Bloomberg rules the city with an iron fist, and street food isn't a part of the mayor's vision for the city.

      Try Da Nico in Little Italy, and Shanghai Cafe and Great NY Noodletown in Chinatown. Kids love soup dumplings at Shanghai and they make outstanding chicken fried rice. Noodletown get serious with some roast meats

      Da Nico
      164 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: AubWah

        thank you, so very much for your response. May I carify? We are staying in Times Sqaure, love street food and will go all over for the best. In addition, I would love chinatown/little Italy suggestions. Thanks, so much!!


        1. re: Monkeypie

          I really recommend a dinner at Hunan Manor restaurant at 339 Lexington Avenue between 39th and 40th. It could be the best Chinese restaurant in Manhattan, and you don't have to leave midtown for it. The Lamb with cumin, mapo tofu, preserved meat with dried bean curd, mustard green hunan style...this is a heck of a meal.

          Hunan Manor
          339 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

        2. re: AubWah

          On the contrary, I think there's quite a bit of street food in Chinatown if you keep your eyes peeled. Women selling gingko nuts from a milk crate, lamb kebabs laced with cumin beneath the bridge, zhongzi from a push cart. There's a lady I buy grilled chicken gizzards from on Canal when I'm grocery shopping and another one that I get fishballs from on my way home.

          1. re: JungMann

            Also: Dragon Beard Candy as well as an egg cake seller, the former most recently spotted on Chrystie, a few paces off Grand (NW corner) the latter about a block south across from the playground.

            1. re: JungMann

              I've seen one fish ball vendor on Division street..five for a dollar I think.

              1. re: JungMann

                I like the zhong lady at Chrystie and Grand (affiliated with the old May May bakery on Pell).

                More on her wares: ...

                Street vendor
                Chrystie St Grand St, New York, NY 10002

                1. re: squid kun

                  Is that the egg cake lady from Mosco St?

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    No, she retired a few years back. Last I saw there was a psychic or some such in that little stand on Mosco.

                    1. re: squid kun

                      thanks Squid kun. that lady made some good stuff

            2. This Chinatown walking food tour (or parts of it) might work for you. Make sure to book your TM tour online well ahead of time as they fill up fast.


              1. For street food, check out's twitter tracker. It shows where many trucks and some of the better carts are at any given time of the day.