Our next tour is on August 3rd @ 11AM and 3PM. You can get tickets HERE.
So you’ve probably been to Chinatown a handful of times and gone to the same few places. Joe’s, Vanessa’s…but you’ve never really known:
Where are the BEST, LOCAL spots for dumplings in Chinatown?
How can I find the places NOT on the “Top 10” or inundated with tourists?
What’s the actual history + story behind Chinatown?
THE MOST EPIC DUMPLING TOUR
We started this tour for friends who’ve lived in NYC for years, and never really knew how to get around, or what to do in Chinatown. As a born and bred New Yorker whose father was a chef in Chinatown for 20+ years, I became the go-to Chinatown expert. So – for the person who has always wanted to get to know NYC better, wanted to make new friends or simply, just fricken loves dumplings, food + culture – this is for YOU. Watch the video below to get a better idea of what our dumpling tours are like!
When are the dumpling tours?
We do tours 1-3x a month, usually on a Saturday or Sunday at 11 AM and 3 PM. Our tours typically run for 3 hours, but sometimes, when we’re having too much fun they can run a tiny smidge longer. Either way – we are super conscientious of everyone’s time so we only run longer if everyone is down to stay!
I can just go online and find a list of dumpling places. Why should I pay to come to yours?
You totally can! There are a few spots on our list that don’t even have a Yelp or website. We support local mom and pop businesses that are beloved by locals and often miss the Top 10 lists because they’re not as social media savvy. A lot of the businesses we visit are run by hard-working families who work 6-7 days a week and are almost always behind the counter whenever we visit. We have built up relationships with them and are super proud to be able to bring them business and awareness they may not have otherwise.
Also, the whole experience is more than dumplings! The whole tour is to showcase the beauty and culture behind Chinatown! We share everything from the wild history of when Native Americans first held down the land to gang warfare of the 1900’s to the current cultural situation. We share parts of Chinese culture that go beyond just food. Our goal is to share the Chinese culture and to make Chinatown a place that you can visit and take your friends/family when they come to visit! Many of our previous fans message us when they show their friends around.
What makes you the expert of dumplings?
Our tours are curated by me, Chau, the founder of ciaooo! I’m a native New Yorker who grew up on Canal Street in Chinatown. My dad was a chef in the Chinese restaurants for 30+ years so I would consider myself an expert in these parts.
What should we expect on the tour?
We like to keep our groups small + intimate so that it’s not impersonal. On average, our groups run between 8-10 people. For special occasions like birthdays, group events we’ve done this with groups of 20! Our tours are meant to get you FULL on food + knowledge (mic drop).
You can expect a walking Tour of Chinatown including checking out favorite local hotspots that I grew up going to including Singaporean Beef Jerky, Sponge Cakes, Milk + Bubble Tea, super hidden markets + old school gold shops.
Dumplings at over 5 different locations of the steamed, fried, and soup variety!
Crazy history of Chinatown from the bloody gang fights to the most recent years of speakeasies.
A ciaooo! Branded tote bag, stickers + swagged out dumpling ranking card + pencil.
Just the most lit tour ever. Like, how often are you gonna get a real New Yorker who grew up there actually take you?
Who goes on the tours?
Most of our guests have been 20 – 30 something locals. We’ve had people who grew up on Mulberry Street or were immense dumpling fans and still told us they were in shock at all that they discovered! We like to seperate ourselves from traditional tours cause we’re not tradional people. Ummm have you seen how many “Os” are in “ciaooo!”?
In that case – we like to make the tours a fun place for you to meet other cool, like-minded people. People have come alone, with their significant others, and with friends. At the end of the day, it’s a low key + fun experience that anyone can enjoy 🙂
How should I dress?
Do wear comfy shoes and stretchy pants ’cause it’s gonna be lit. If you roll up in a full-blown dumpling costume and wear it for the whole tour, we’ll comp your ticket!!!