Every great Chinatown needs a fine “paifang” (traditional gate) and the handsome Boston portal is a favorite destination for selfie seekers. In the 2016 “Ghostbusters” reboot, Boston not only doubled for New York but Kaze Shabu Shabu restaurant also disguised itself as Zhu’s Authentic Hong Kong Food—movie buffs will get a kick out of the location.
BLR (Best Little Restaurant) offers locally sourced wonders like Maine Lobster Wontons and Chen’s Famous Veggie Mapo Tofu. Nearby Ruckus takes the house-made noodle to a new fast-casual level and My Thai Vegan Cafe has loads of animal-free flavor.
Shojo has the best selection of Japanese booze anywhere in Boston. Fans of both the bean and the grape will love Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar, while the bar at hot pot joint The Q is a great place to meet and snack before exploring further with friends.
If you fancy a late-night sing-song, book a karaoke room—or even the mic on the main stage—at Limelight. When day breaks, urban ramblers should start their exploration of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston’s gorgeous downtown stroll-space, at Chin Park near the Chinatown gate.