One of a few places with character left in New York is Chinatown. Actually there are three chinese neighborhoods in New York. The main one in Downtown Manhattan around Canal street, more touristy and hectic, but has the best Asian food in town. Flushing in Queens and Brooklyn Chinatown are a bit cheaper, but restaurants not always as good due lack of competition and less demanding customers. Either one Chinatown is a place to shop for Asian groceries and vegetables. You can see live crabs, frogs and turtles for sale. More exotic species are in dried goods stores. Most products so strange, only Chinese know what to do with them. Every time when I'm in Chinatown is great I feel like l lost in some kind of movie set or different country.