2. Bensonhurst has the largest population of residents born in China and Hong Kong of any New York neighborhood

  • 86th Street markets
  • Hand Pulled Noodles
  • Hand Pulled Noodle menu
  • Brooklyn Barbecue House
  • Mong Kok Market

Many New Yorkers have heard of or traveled to Sunset Park in Brooklyn, perhaps the best-known Chinatown in New York City after Manhattan’s Chinatown and debatably Flushing. Bensonhurst, which is actually the largest Chinatown in New York City with the highest population of residents from China and Hong Kong of any New York neighborhood, often flies under the radar. Chinese immigrants began moving to Bensonhurst in the 1980s and 1990s. Many Chinese restaurants, supermarkets, and clothing stores line 86th Street, with most Chinese residents living between 18th Avenue and 25th Avenue. Bensonhurst has grown quite rapidly over the last decade; from 2000 to 2010, the Asian population increased by 57 percent. Bensonhurst has also outpaced the growth and size of Avenue U Chinatown nearby.

The neighborhood is filled with dozens of eateries representing cuisines from across China. Residents of Bensonhurst often frequent spots like Hand Pull Noodle and Dumpling House, Mama’s Noodle House, Duck Wong, and Mr. Bun. Golden Bay Restaurant is a notable spot for special occasions and holidays, while Ten Seconds Yunnan Rice Noodle is one of the newer eateries. Along 86th Street are a handful of small Cantonese barbecue joints and bakeries, such as King’s Kitchen and Farmers Restaurant. Supermarkets along 86th often get extremely crowded, such as 18th Ave Supermarket and Mong Kok Supermarket.