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A Chinatown Adventure with Karate Boy and Friends

by Naima Sanowar

in Kids,Lifestyle

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My son Karate Boy is obsessed with China and it’s culture, ironically so was I as a child, growing up in Trinidad. I have fond memories of my Dad taking my brothers and I at least twice a month to see  kung-fu movies…”kick ups” as we called them in Trinidad. Since the celebrations of the Chinese New Year recently, all my little man talks about is going to China.  Winter break  is in effect all week  and I have been planning out local activities for us to do. Today we headed to the City for a Chinatown adventure. I did some research on the internet and had an itinerary planned out for a fabulous day in Chinatown. My good friend Tamara and her beautiful daughter Shane, were our cohorts for the day.

Our adventure in Chinatown would involve  eating at one of the best dumpling restaurants, finding a tea market, trying what is called the best ice cream in Chinatown… and finally, visiting  the largest Buddhist temple in Manhattan. Karate Boy and Shane had the best time, and so did we. Chinatown is so colorful, full of festive things to see… food, fish and fruit markets. Vendors selling toy dragons, dolls and all sorts of cool Chinese  knick-knacks. The kids really enjoyed trying new foods, and the finale that really had them amazed, was our visit to a Buddhist Temple. I made sure to take as many pictures as possible, and hope you really enjoy my photo-journey of our fabulous adventure in Chinatown. I am listing all the info of the places we visited today  after my photo diary, hope you take time to go one day soon. We welcome any suggestions you may have on another neighborhood, you would like us to EXPLORE, please leave in the comment box.


Joe’s Shanghai
9 Pell Street
New York, New York 10013


Ten Ren’s Tea & Ginseng Co.

 75 Mott Street, New York 10013


 Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

65 Bayard Street, New York, 10013

Mahayana Buddhist Temple
Across from the Manhattan Bridge
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Laura-Lee February 24, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Naima these pics are fantastic. What a fabulous day you all had! Did you buy anything besides food…like trinkets or toys?

Naima Sanowar February 24, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Hi Laura-Lee,

The kids wanted these lovely toy dragons, and we wanted to get them, they were so in-expensive, but alot to be holding navigating thru busy and bustling Chinatown, while holding the kids hands….plus taking photos etc. We promised them to go next time and all we will do then is buy little gifts etc. So glad you liked the pictures, Chinatown is so colorful and energetic.

Ronnie February 24, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Beautiful pics, it really captures the essence of Chinatown, its on the list my next run to the City. You should be an ambassdor for New York good job!

Naima Sanowar February 24, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Thanks so much Ronnie, that means alot, to know you were able to capture the essence of our adventure in chinatown through my pictures.

It should be a must on your next visit. So festive, colorful and authentic.


anna February 24, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Hysterical. Edward’s favorite restaurant is Joe shanghai. It really is the best.

Naima Sanowar February 24, 2011 at 7:30 PM


It was super delicious. And my little picky eater, actually ate a dumpling..

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