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Everything You Need to Know about Celebrating Chinese New Year in New York City

Chinese New Year also known as the Lunar New Year begins on Friday, February 12, 2021 and it is a very exciting time to be in Chinatown. It is the year of the ox and it is going to be a festive weekend. Here is our guide with everything that you need to know about…

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January 13, 2020

Cheap Eats: Where to Eat in the Lower East Side, New York City

The Lower East Side has been an exciting foodie destination for quite some time now. We love its diversity of food options. So with that in mind, here are our cheap eats picks on where to eat in the Lower East Side, New York City. Be sure to check out our other cheap eats posts:…

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May 3, 2019

The Best Restaurants in the Lower East Side

The Lower East Side is a fascinating New York City neighborhood filled with rich history and an interesting mix of eating establishments old and new. Whether you are in search for a traditional pastrami sandwich that you’ll find at Katz’s Delicatessen (serving the neighborhood since 1888) or in the mood for modern cuisine, that can be enjoyed at Freemans Restaurant, you’ll discover that the Lower East Side is filled with delicious excitement. With that in mind, here are the best restaurants in the Lower East Side. Mission Chinese Food – 171 East Broadway First, an honorable mention has to go to Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese Food which is taking over Rosette’s old storefront. It is not open yet but there is a lot of buzz about Mission Chinese Food finally returning to the neighborhood. Cafe Petisco – 189 East Broadway…

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October 3, 2014

Everything You Need to Know about Visiting Little Italy

For a New York City neighborhood that is only a few blocks long, Little Italy draws visitors from all around the world, not only during the summer but all year round. The history, the food and the shops are all appealing. In fact, several of the shops and restaurants in the neighborhood have been in business for over 100 years! Planning a visit? Here is our guide to everything you need to know about visiting Little Italy. Try taking our Little Italy Food Tour NYC and get a taste of both Little Italy and Chinatown too! What to eat in Little Italy? Black Seed – 170 Elizabeth St Black Seed offers a fresh take on a New York classic, the bagel. Their hand rolled bagels, baked in a wood fire oven are the perfect way to start the morning. We…

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August 1, 2014

Exciting, New Restaurants in Chinatown and Little Italy

Walk around Chinatown and Little Italy and you will see both have undergone a lot of changes that last two years or so. Among the changes, new restaurants are seemingly popping up every month. So from buzzworthy breakfast spots to local burger joints, here is a bunch of exciting, new restaurants in Chinatown and Little…

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July 18, 2014

Museums to Check Out After Our Tour of Chinatown and Little Italy

Often we are asked for some ideas on what to do after our tour of Chinatown and Little Italy. We find that sometimes museums are overlooked as a fun thing to do in New York City and so we enjoy recommending a few of the gems that are located nearby and in lower Manhattan. Here is a quick list of some museums near Chinatown and Little Italy that offer snapshots of the rich history and culture of both and the surrounding neighborhoods. This is a great resource if you are looking to make plans after our food tour or simply if you are in the area. The Italian American Museum – 155 Mulberry St The Italian American Museum is a small museum in the heart of Little Italy and it showcases the fascinating history of Italian American immigrants, including their…

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May 23, 2014

Foodie to Do List: Chinatown Restaurant Week 2014

There are only a few more days for Chinatown Restaurant Week 2014. It should be on your foodie to do list unless of course you’ve already visited some of the great participating restaurants! It is a perfect opportunity to explore the rich, vibrant foodie ecosystem in Chinatown. There is truly everything from Chinese to Vietnamese cuisine represented with neighborhood mainstays like Hop Lee (16 Mott St) and Nha Trang One (87 Baxter St) respectively. Peking duck has to be up there among our favorite dishes and the Peking Duck House (28 Mott St) is an absolute must for lunch. Another good option for Peking duck is HK Wonton Garden (79 Mulberry St). Another one of our favorite dishes is xiao long bao or Shanghai steamed soup dumplings and you can get a sample of those at Shanghai Cuisine (89 Bayard…

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March 28, 2014

New York City Business Spotlight: Tasty Dumpling

It only takes a quick walk around Chinatown to see that there are a number of good dumplings shops. They are great places for quick, scrumptious lunches. One of the downsides of your typical Chinatown dumpling shop is that many are very tiny and have a “hole in the wall” atmosphere, which can be a bit unconformable if they are crowded. This being said, our New York City business spotlight for this month is Tasty Dumpling (42 Mulberry St), the best dumplings shop in Chinatown. Tasty Dumpling recently moved to a much larger location so unlike many of the nearby dumpling shops it is fairly spacious so you won’t feel so awkward waiting for your dumplings. Their location is also close to the heart of Chinatown, City Hall and the Canal Street subway station so it is quite convenient. Of…

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January 10, 2014

The Best Places to Eat in Chinatown and Little Italy, New York City

Chinatown and Little Italy are great foodie neighborhoods in New York City, if you know where to look. So here is our list of the best places in eat in Chinatown and Little Italy. There are some popular hotspots, hidden gems and neighborhood favorites. Chinatown: Tasty Dumpling – 54 Mulberry St There are a lot of dumpling shops in Chinatown but Tasty Dumpling makes one of our favorite fried chives and pork dumplings. They are juicy and tasty and they are perfectly pan fried so that they have a nice chewy skin that has some crunch to it. Aux Epices – 121 Baxter St Aux Epices is a French and Asian noodle shop on one of the quieter streets in Chinatown. Their signature seafood laksa is always on the top of our list and their vegetable soba is really good…

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November 15, 2013

The Best Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Soups and More in New York City

Brace yourselves, winter is coming. If you are looking to warm up during the coming months, here is our guide to the best coffee, hot chocolate, soups and more in New York City. The Best Coffee: Abraço – 86 East 7th Street You can find coffee on almost every block of the city and to…

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November 8, 2013

Must See Museums in New York City and Nearby Restaurants

New York City is blessed with a number of world class museums. We here at Ahoy New York want to highlight some of those museums so here is our guide to the must see museums in New York City and where to dine nearby. Set a day (or two) aside as there is so much…

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November 1, 2013

New York City Business Spotlight: Alleva Dairy

Alleva Dairy (188 Grand St) in Little Italy is the oldest Italian cheese shop in the United States. They make their cheese the same way they did over 100 years ago and it has been family owned all these years. Bob Alleva is the 4th generation to run this store and his son John helps…

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October 18, 2013

Ahoy New York Food Tour’s Favorite Chinese Desserts

Many of our readers enjoy Chinese food and NYC’s Chinatown, but have you tried any of the traditional Chinese desserts? If you are visiting NYC’s Chinatown, you will find several bakeries that offer the typical Chinese desserts. These desserts usually have ingredients such as red bean, coconut and black sesame; you will find that they…

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September 20, 2013

Six Underrated Restaurants in New York City

There are so many restaurants in New York City that some great restaurants are bound to be overlooked. Here are six underrated restaurants in New York City. We have had some of the most delicious dishes that we have ever eaten from restaurants on the list to follow. Prime & Beyond – 90 E 10th…

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August 23, 2013

The Best Southeast Asian Restaurants in New York City

There is a lot more to Asian cuisine than Chinese or Japanese food. If you are looking to explore Asian cuisine further, we can help you find the best Thai, Vietnamese, Filipino, Indonesian and Malaysian restaurants in the city. It is amazing that you can sample all these cuisines right in NYC without a 12+ hour flight. Here are Ahoy New York’s best Southeast Asian restaurants in New York City. Thai Son – 89 Baxter St Despite Thai in its name, Thai Son serves some of the best pho, (Vietnamese soup noodles) in Chinatown. Their pho is loaded with a range of delicious cuts of meats like brisket, tendons, beef meatballs etc. and it is all tied together with an amazing broth. Pho Hoai Restaurant – 1906 Ave U, Brooklyn Pho Hoai in Sheepshead Bay is another good place for…

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August 9, 2013

Ahoy New York’s Top Six Diners in New York City

Great diners are usually teeming with people at all hours of the day looking for good simple food for cheap. There is just something so inviting about diners and they play an invaluable role in the city. Here are our favorites, here are Ahoy New York’s top six diners in New York City. Everest Diner

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July 26, 2013

The Best Sandwiches in New York City

Sandwiches come in all sorts of shapes, flavors and styles. There is seemingly no limit to their variations. They are not only versatile, they are very convenient. New York City is home to a number of great sandwiches so join us on our journey to find the best, most mouthwatering sandwiches in New York City!…

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July 19, 2013

The Best Five Dollar Lunches in New York City

Only in New York City can one find a sundae for $1000 at Serendipity 3 or lunch for only five dollars. Yes, tasty five dollar lunches do exist but you have to know where to look. So here is Ahoy New York’s list of the best five dollar lunches in New York City. 2 Bros…

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June 28, 2013

Ahoy New York’s Favorite Dim Sum Dishes and Restaurants

Dim sum is a meal that focuses on smaller dishes and is usually served from a cart so that one can easily select dishes to be enjoyed at their table amongst family and friends. It is considered a Cantonese tradition dating back to the days of travelers along the Silk Road in China. Today, it is enjoyed by folks from all over the world and in particular those who enjoy delicious cuisine. Here are Ahoy New York’s favorite Dim sum dishes and the restaurants where you can find them. Shrimp Dumplings Shrimp dumplings or ha gow are delicate steamed dumplings with a smooth, transparent skin. It is absolutely a must for any Dim sum outing. Shumai The shrimp dumplings are often served alongside with shumai, a steamed pork and mushroom dumpling. Both are delicious and great with a little soy…

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June 7, 2013

Ahoy New York’s Top Six Guilty Pleasure Foods

While we can’t say that these are the healthiest of dishes, they certainly are satisfying and are sure to put a smile on your face. Here are Ahoy New York’s top six guilty pleasure foods. Landhaus’ Grilled Maple Bacon Sticks – At the SmorgasBar & Other Locations The sizzle, the smell, the salty, smoky goodness……

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May 31, 2013

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