Located along the southern edge of Downtown, Boston’s Chinatown is a commercial and cultural hub for the City’s Chinese community. The neighborhood was built in tidal flats in the early 18000. and has since been home to residential, commercial, transportation, and institutional uses. Today Chinatown’s dense mix of shops, restaurants, and housing in historic buildings creates an ever-bustling neighborhood with easy access to Downtown, the Theater District, and Boston’s dynamic waterfront. Chinatown’s elegant gate across Beach Street marks the eastern entrance to the neighborhood. With its unique water features and bamboo, Chinatown Park forms a distinctive terminus to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and place of respite. While visitors come from all over to sample Chinatown’s range of specialty Asian shops and restaurants, Chinatown is also home to a number of other businesses and organizations, including Tufts Medical Center. South Station serves as a major rail and bus hub for Boston, bringing numerous visitors through the area every day.
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A. GOURMET DUMPLING HOUSE
52 Beach Street Boston. MA (617) 338-6222
In this bustling Chinatown eatery, located near the iconic Chinatown arch that marks the entrance to this neighborhood, you’ll find swarms of people waiting to sample some of the neighborhood’s best traditional cuisine. With a variety of dumplings, pancakes and traditional Chinese delicacies, be prepared to wait in line for a table at this popular Chinese traditional restaurant.
B. EMPIRE GARDEN RESTAURANT
690 Washington St Boston, MA (617) 482-8898
At this Chinatown establishment, it’s dim sum all the time! The friendly staff is expert at tempting you to sample these delectable small bites served directly from their overflowing serving carts. On any weekend afternoon, the bustling atmosphere and tables full of hungry diners assure you that the dim sum at Empire Garden Restaurant is going to be a tasteful treat.
16 Tyler Street Boston, MA (617) 292-8829
Shabu-Zen is definitely Boston’s pick for an authentic do-it-yourself treat. This interactive ‘hot pot spot’ is a culinary experience worth trying. Trays of fresh meats, poultry fish and vegetables are delivered kitchen-to-table for your dining pleasure. The intimacy of sharing both the cooking and the dining with friends only heightens your dining experience. Wonderfully aromatic sauces and lightly scented broths are there for you to select and add to the already awesome flavors. There’s no surprise that at this well-priced eatery that you will find long lines filled with hungry diners waiting to sample the treats at this hot pot spot.
Chinatown sits in the heart of the city with close proximity to theaters, bars and restaurants that offer a plethora of late night activities. Check out the latest performances at THE Wilbur or Cutler Theaters, explore the drink menus at Avery Bar and Montien, and bask in the late night dining options throughout the neighborhood. If you want to go upscale, next door neighborhood Back Bay has a myriad of high class lounges and bars that will certainly suit your needs.
Chinatown is a central, well serviced neighborhood that has convenient access to the MBTA train lines, South Station, and highways 1-90 and 1-93. The Chinatown orange line stop allows for underground transport access in the heart of the neighborhood, and South Station provides Red Line access as well as commuter rail, Amtrak and Bus access.
Chinatown – Orange Line
South Station – Red Line, Bus, Amtrak, Commuter Rail
1-90 and 1-93 Interstates
Bordered by two major city parks, The Greenway and Elliott Norton Park, Chinatown is also located very close to the Boston Public Garden and The Common. Chinatown Park serves as the southeastern end of the Greenway, featuring a large arched entrance to the neighborhood that truly signifies the crossover into a new cultural landscape.
Chinatown remains the epicenter or Asian-American life in New England. The traditional Chinese Gate with a foo lion on each side marks the entrance to this city neighborhood. The Gate is a popular tourist attraction and photo opportunity for visitors coming to Chinatown. Tufts New England Medical Center is located on the southern edge of the district, while the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway begins its tour at the bamboo studded park adjacent to the Gate. While touring Chinatown, view the assortment of restaurants and bakeries while taking in the sights and smells of what this historic neighborhood has to offer.
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, which opened in 2005, is a tremendous resource for the community, providing residents with English-language classes, childcare, and social and recreational opportunities.