I've been to the Chinatowns in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles and my favourite so far has been the one in New York.
I was there about twenty years ago and I made the trek because I wanted to see the chicken who could play tic-tac-toe. Apparently no one could beat this damn chicken so of course, I wanted to see just how smart this feathered beast was. Just as I was about to enter the building where the chicken held court, I literally chickened out. I can't remember why I turned away. I think it was because I felt like the chicken was being abused in some way despite the fact that it was rewarded with food each time it won a game. Apparently, I didn't want to be a part of some weird animal torture.
So I never met the chicken that played tic-tac-toe.
But the New York Chinatown was very impressive and I still have the silver Buddha I bought there.
The Chinatown in Los Angeles is situated in the downtown area. It's a fairly small area and seems very practical--not overly welcoming to tourists unless you take some time to explore all the nooks and crannies of the neighborhood. But it is worth a visit even if you're time is limited and you're tired of driving by big houses where the moviestars live.
Here are some photos of my recent visit ...