The Best New Restaurants in Chinatown

Explore 17 picks from a new generation of eateries

Tonkotsu ramen at Ramen Champ
Tonkotsu ramen at Ramen Champ | Photo by Joshua Lurie

The Chinese American community in Los Angeles dates to the 1850s, but it wasn’t until 1938 that the Downtown L.A. neighborhood that once held Little Italy officially became known as Chinatown. Now, eight decades later, Chinatown is experiencing a revival. Restaurants like Eastside Market Italian Deli, Nick’s Café, Philippe the Original, Phoenix Inn and Sam Woo are still going strong. Discover 17 top picks from an increasingly diverse crop.

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