On weekends there's always a crowd of people in front of China Town Deli. Why?The freshly squeezed sugarcane juice. They also sell pineapples and mangos with chili peppers and salt, fried yams and bananas, and other assorted Vietnamese to-go goodies like cha gio (egg rolls), banh mi (sandwiches), and goi cuon (salad rolls).
The Chinatown train stop.
Afterward, I usually head to the old part of Chinatown. The merchants here tend to be American-born Chinese from Toishan and Canton. The Chinese architecture makes this area a popular site for filming movies such as "Rush Hour" and "Lethal Weapon 4." The shops here sell a mixture of curios, souvenirs, trendy collectibles, and art galleries.
Every first, third, and fifth Fridays of the month, Grand Star gets transformed into Firecracker, a live jazz downstairs/urban hiphop scene upstairs.
And I always save my pennies for the Chinatown Wishing Well.