- Local shops and grocers – such as Mott Street Eatery
- Doyers Street vendors and the Mahayana Buddhist Temple
- Samples of foods such as beef pancakes, rice rolls, egg tarts, dumplings, and more
- We can accommodate vegetarian, gluten-free, and nut-free diets – please let us know in advance
- Food sampled on the tour
As your taste your way through the growing neighborhood, we will contextualize historical monuments that have had a great influence on Chinese culture and New Yorkers alike. A visit to Chinatown would be remiss without a stop at Doyers Street. An influx of Chinese people into America and the Long Depression of the 1870s led to the Chinese Exclusion Act–causing racial discrimination and inevitably clans and associations to provide protection.
What became known as the “Bloody Angle,” the Doyers street intersection was at the center of more deaths in one year than at any other street intersection in the United States. The narrow, near ninety-degree angle street, was lined with tenement buildings which were also prone to fires that were incredibly difficult to put out. A street that caused an NYC mayor to suggest that the entire neighborhood be replaced is now a thriving center for tourists and locals to enjoy speakeasy bars and delicious Chinese food restaurants.
To continue your exploration of NYC, take a look at our Italian Food Tour, New York in a Day Tour, and Met Museum Crash Course Tour.
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Dave Cook is a New York-based photojournalist. Since 2005 his website Eating In Translation has explored lesser-known food in the five boroughs of the city and, occasionally, farther afield. Dave's work has also appeared in The Art of Eating; Culinary Backstreets; The New York Times; Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover's Companion to New York City; and many other publications.
Kendra Dawsey brings her years of experience in both teaching and performance to help create an immersive and engaging tour for you! Kendra received a B.A. in Ethnicity, Race and Migration at Yale in 2014 and then spent the next few years teaching gardening, nutrition, and culinary history to grades K-12. Also, Kendra leads tours in some of New York's most beloved sites like Radio City Music Hall and Central Park. Kendra's academic background and diverse experiences give her the ability to contextualize the history and diversity of New York in a way that is accessible to visitors. Kendra has family roots in New York City and was born just an hour away, allowing for frequently trips to see family and friends. These visits helped her to develop a map and history of the city that never sleeps at a young age. Kendra's love of New York shines through all of her anecdotes and tales about the city. She also is a professional performer and will ensure that you are both educated and entertained.
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