Part visitor-pleasing tourist attraction and part mystic enclave, Chinatown is one of the densest and culturally distinct neighborhoods in the city. By weaving between locals in the neighborhood’s clogged side-streets, you’ll discover a neighborhood ingrained with rich history and culture exhibited through distinct offerings of Chinese cuisine.
Golden Gate Fortune Cookies
56 Ross Alley
You’re almost guaranteed a free sample of this warm, crisp cookie when you walk in, which is reason enough to go. You’re sure get a kick out of their “naughty” cookies.
65 Waverly Place
Boasting a hefty menu of affordable entrees ranging from $7 to $9, the servings are mountainous for the price. Be sure not to overlook their chicken nuggets served with sweet chili dipping sauce. That’s right, chicken nuggets.
The Pot Sticker
150 Waverly Place
Be ready to pucker your lips! Not for a kiss, but from the burning Sichuan peppercorns. This restaurant specializes in Sichuan cuisine, which is known for its use of fiery chili peppers. Their numbing spicy pots may require a glass of milk on the side.
Sam Wo Restaurant
813 Washington St.
This compact three-story restaurant has been serving Chinese comfort food for more than a century. Open ’till 3 a.m. Monday to Saturday, you can satisfy your late-night hunger with their freshly prepared noodle dishes, like the Singapore Style Chow Mai Fun.