New book shows Chinatown has more than food

June 19, 2008 4:20:49 PM PDT
For many New Yorkers, a trip to Chinatown means heading to a restaurant for authentic chinese food. But there's more to Chinatown than the food.

Ann Volkwein has been hooked on Chinatown since childhood, but as an adult she decided it was time to explore the community beyond its dim sum offerings.

Her findings are in her new book called Chintown New York. In it she features shops where you can have a traditional chinese dress made or where to find the best souvenirs.

Not sure what kind of tea you like, sit down for an inexpensive, yet induglent Chinese tea tasting with doll house size cups.

Pass by the vegetable stands and the trinkets for sale and head into the Lin Sister herb shop where they sell 600 kinds of herbs. Bamboo leaves, lotus leaves, wintermelon rind to name a few.

Or perhaps what looks like a collection of twigs and bark will do your body good.

The herbs can be made into teas, or soups and upstairs there's accupuncture.

One more stop, Sinotique where Jan Lee sells jewlery and decorative items for the home, and not all it comes from China.

The bottom line, don't come to chinatown just for the food! -----------------------------------------------------


  1. Lin Sister Herb Shop
    4 Bowery (between Chatham Sq &; Division St.), New York, NY 10013, Tel: (212) 962-5417
    Lin Sister Herb Shop, a herb and acupuncture clinic, enjoys a sound international reputation and its flagship store attracts media and customers globally from as far away as Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Ausstralia, and Israel. With a combined 45 years of Chinese herbal remedy experience and total dedication to patient care and comfort, Lin Sister has built a strong and loyal customre base by practicing Chinese herbal medicine with absolute professional integrity. Lin Sister offers a wide range of quality services including acupuncture by NCCA certified acupuncturists, reflexology, colon hyrotheraphy, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) herbal prescription, and phone/web consultation.
  2. Tea Time at Ten Ren Tea
    75 Mott St, New York, NY 10013, USA - , Tel: (212) 349-2286, Website:
  3. Sinotique
    19A Mott Stree, New York City, NY 10013, Tel: (212)-587-2393, Website:
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    STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg
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