Gallery: Visiting NYC? Where to Eat (and Avoid) in Little Italy and Chinatown

Parm
Parm
Parm is home to—you guessed it—some of the best parm sandwiches in town.

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Big Wong King
Big Wong King
This is some of the best roast pork in Chinatown. A serving over rice will set you back about five bucks.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Di Palo Selects
Di Palo Selects
Head over at 1 p.m. for the fresh-from-the-oven porchetta, some of the best you'll ever have.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Golden Steamer
Golden Steamer
Pork, pumpkin, and salted egg buns are all excellent here, and about 70 cents each.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Lam Zhou
Lam Zhou
This noodle shop makes my favorite dumplings in the neighborhood, with juicy, tender, soy-saucy pork filling.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Parisi Bakery
Parisi Bakery
A great Italian bakery and sandwich shop, home to one of our favorite lard breads in the city. That's right—lard bread, with prosciutto baked right into the loaf.

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Amazing 66
Amazing 66
If you go to Amazing 66, don't miss this specialty: short ribs stewed in a whole pumpkin.

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Shanghai 456
Shanghai 456
This bright, airy sit-down restaurant has some great lunch specials, like this spicy fried fish.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Shanghai Cafe Deluxe
Shanghai Cafe Deluxe
A Shanghainese sit-down restaurant with our favorite soup dumplings in Chinatown.
Spicy Village
Spicy Village
An order of the Big Tray of Chicken, topped with excellent hand-pulled noodles, serves three for a total of $14.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Sun Hing Lung Co.
Sun Hing Lung Co.
A tiny tofu shop that also makes great steamed rice rolls.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Rubirosa
Rubirosa
The braciole here is just one example of how Rubirosa gets old school Italian right.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Xi'an Famous Foods
Xi'an Famous Foods
Xi'an's excellent hand-pulled noodles topped with cumin-spiced lamb is one of the best ways to spend $5 in New York.
Teado
Teado
They'll take extra care with your milk tea at Teado, letting you dictate the sweetness level and offering you a sample to see if it's to your liking.

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Taim
Taim
It's not Italian or Chinese, but if you're in the area and looking for something different, the falafel sandwich at Taim is our favorite in the city.
Vanessa's Dumpling House
Vanessa's Dumpling House
Though the dumplings at Vanessa's are just alright, their doughnutty griddled pancakes are a great deal.

[Photograph: Jessica Leibowitz]

New Beef King
New Beef King
Jerky comes in strips and chunks at New Beef King. The curry beef chunks are my favorite.

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Aux Epices
Aux Epices
This restaurant does a lighter take on Malaysian classics like rendang, with generous portions and reasonable prices.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Kam Hing Coffee Shop
Kam Hing Coffee Shop
In the morning, this tiny coffee shop sells incredibly light and delicate sponge cakes. Best eaten when warm.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
If you visit Nom Wah, don't miss the rice rolls.

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
This is the oldest dim sum restaurant in New York.
Noodle Village
Noodle Village
Wontons and noodles, better together. If you order it to go, they'll pack the noodles separately so they don't get soggy.

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]