Chinatown Crawl


A few weeks ago I had a much needed girls day out with my fellow fashion major friends. What better way to spend a Saturday than to stuff yourself full of dim sum? Conversation, food, and good friends is all you need. And ice cream. Always ice cream.


Where to get dim sum in Manhattan? Chinatown, of course. Where in Chinatown? Mah Wah Tea Parlor. No other choice. You must go there. I think this must be one of the most well known Dim Sum places in NYC. Amy wholeheartedly recommended it as we dragged ourselves through throngs of people and people creep whispering “Rolex? Chanel? Louis Vuitton?” No bro. I’m goodie. Every 2 steps was torture and it was not because my feet were already dying in my chunky boots but because when I don’t feel like talking and people are going up to you trying to sell their bootleg stuff, well, I wanted to punch them in the face. HANGRY STATUS.


While we stood around waiting for our table to be ready, we found a great wall. That could only mean cool ass blogger pics, no? I’m not greedy, mah girl Michelle was gonna join me for the ride.


Look at that love. That emotion. The starvation. I should’ve taken solo shots but my body and brain were lacking food and energy. We went up to the door and were led to our table. YASS.


What didn’t we get? Soup dumplings, shrimp shumai, steamed pork bun, everything. We ate until we felt we couldn’t anymore and for the 3 of us. $35. WHATTT. Left money to spare for some shopping!


(Left to Right) Amy: Sesame & Matcha ice cream, Condensed milk drizzle, mochi, and a custard filling. Michelle: Chocolate & Vanilla ice cream, chocolate and rainbow sprinkles, and a custard filling. Me: Basic Vanilla ice cream, Caramel drizzle,  Mochi, wafer, and a custard filling

I give Michelle and Amy props for being able to handle me. Well, all my friends props. I tend to repeat myself like a million times to show how bad I really want something and damn it, I wanted my damn Taiyaki! I was over the moon when I realized it was only a 5 minute walk from where we were. I dragged my poor friends down the already dark streets of Chinatown. We had just eaten and I honestly felt like exploding.

Once you step foot into Taiyaki NYC all you smell is the delicious scent of pancakes. If you don’t know what Taiyaki it is pretty much a fish shaped pancake with red bean filling. I’ve always been a huge fan of Taiyaki so I knew that adding ice cream would only make it 100x better. The best part was that it was only $7. The fish came out fresh and warm and it tasted amazing. I would go again. The little store is tiny and there was quite a bit of people in there but it was cozy.


If you want to go to these places, I put the addresses below.

Mah Wah Tea Parlor:

Address: 13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013
Taiyaki NYC:
Address: 119 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013


We also made a stop at Nature Republic. Which I am obsessed with. If you want to go, there are a ton but the only one I go to is Union Square. Everyone who works there are amazing and sweet. Shout out to Alyssa, she perks up the whole store and could honestly recommend a piece of gum to me and I would probably buy it.

Nature Republic:

Address: 12 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003


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