While New York City's Chinatown has a good reputation, I always recommend that travelers and my travel friends also visit Flushing, Queens. Depending on where you are coming from in Manhattan, expect about a 30 minute subway ride.
This neighborhood in New York City's borough of Queens is an incredibly diverse one. It also boasts some amazing food options! Its streets lined with street vendors, restaurants, bakeries and cafes, and malls that you can visit. In fact, you'd be surprised to find little shops in the basements of Flushing's buildings, too.
Whether you're in the mood for noodles, dumplings or other delicious snacks, Flushing is a great place to be. And, it's a fun neighborhood to simply walk around in and look into the shops, try local pastries, visit the supermarket, or grab a meal. We really liked Tian Jin Dumpling House which is located in Flushing's Golden Mall. We honestly stumbled upon it by accident, and so glad we did! Don't expect "fine dining" at this place (it's a hole-in-the-wall and looks messy), but prepare to enjoy the food a lot! Their dumplings are incredibly delicious, and really cheap.
Flushing is accessible by the 7 train from Manhattan.
The Bridge and River tour is a scenic 3-hour bicycle tour will take you from the Upper West Side of New York City up and over the George Washington Bridge for a ride along the river on Route 9W. Get the full touring experience and leave New York City for a few hours. During the ride, we make stops at Grants Tomb Memorial on the Upper West Side.