Most people want to see the world and meet people from various cultures. From a young age, we’re enthralled by the pictures of people in vibrant, exotic clothing and odd looking meals. The problem is there isn’t always time to travel even when you have the moment to do it. New York offers an interesting opportunity to anyone wanting to sample different cultures as the megacity plays host to various ethnic neighbors that are sure to satisfy your desires to sample the food and clothing. OROGOLD will be focusing on prominent Asian neighborhoods, but there are many other options.
Most people immediately think of curry when the nation of India comes up, and Little India isn’t likely to disappoint. It isn’t anywhere near as large as the sprawling multitudes of Chinatown around New York, but this Indian neighborhood has still staked out its own highly visible space in the city. The brilliantly colored fabrics that appear in store windows and on the women who call this area home are sure to catch the eyes of anyone passing by. If you can’t find anything to suit your tastes in the stores, then there are plenty of restaurants that will be happy to help you fill your now empty stomach as you consider if you’re sure you really didn’t want that necklace from two stories back.
You saw it coming. Everywhere big enough seems to have a Chinatown, and New York is no exception to the rule. There’s even the issue of there being three to four Chinatowns in New York depending on how you count them. The most vibrant of the group is often regarded as the Manhattan Chinatown. Stores, restaurants, and even traditional celebrations all make their home amid the streets of Chinatown. Due to its long-standing existence, history fans are likely to find a lot to enjoy about the area while you’re sampling different flavors of food. Or, if you’re feeling a bit ill, there’s always a chance there’s a medicine shop nestled away somewhere that can recommend just the right herb to settle your stomach after a meal that was just a bit too large.
After Little India, you can head back to Manhattan to experience the technicolor wonderland that is Koreatown. Brilliantly lit with scintillating neon, stores upon stores are packed one on top of the other competing to offer the most authentic merchandise from Korea. The focus isn’t even on largely cuisine and clothing either. Koreatown packs in almost every store imaginable into the comparatively small space, and gives you a sense of the high density living most urban Koreans are used to living in. Feel free to wander into a bakery and sample any number of regional baked goods while you wander the streets trying to decide whether to round at your day tasting traditional Korean food or more modern and experimental versions of those traditional dishes.
New York is a sprawling metropolis that calls people from all over the world to itself, and it shows in the landscape of the city. You can step from one country to another simply by changing streets. This is the true beauty of New York City and it keeps people coming back for more. So the next time you’re in The City That Never Sleeps, OROGOLD recommends indulging in your world-wandering tastes. A quick stop in Korea en route to China after visiting a friend in Italy never hurt anyone, after all.