Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA): Chinatown Food Tasting Tour & Scavenger Hunt

Chinatown Food Tasting Tour & Scavenger Hunt

New York, United States

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

Non-profit organization

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The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) aims to preserve and present the history, heritage, culture, and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States.

Tour Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in NYC’s Chinatown on a unique walking tour while supporting the preservation of Chinese American culture and history.
  • Sample 3-4 sweet and savory foods on a multiregional, multisensory tasting tour.
  • Embark on an exciting scavenger hunt through the streets of Chinatown and discover a new side of this vibrant neighborhood.

Revenue is invested in subsidizing museum visits for students from Title I schools across the tri-state area.

Tour Details

  • Duration

    2.5 hours

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

Tour Description

Discover the diversity of Chinese food on this exciting walking tour of NYC’s Chinatown. With MOCA, take a journey of flavors as you taste traditional dishes from different regions of China. From the tofu fa of the north to the lamb burgers of the west, get to know the various foods and cooking styles of Chinese cuisine while hearing stories of the neighborhood on this multiregional Chinatown tasting tour.

After the walking tour, continue your exploration of Chinatown in a fun and engaging scavenger hunt. Peruse the streets in search of some of Chinatown's most iconic delicacies and objects, such as tea eggs, durian, or jianzi, the Chinese version of hacky sack. It is recommended that participants bring $5 in cash in case they spot a treat they want to buy!

Tour Start Address

Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York, New York, United States

How To Get There

Take subway lines N, Q, R, W, J, Z, or 6 to Canal Street, or buses M9, M15, or M103.

More About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)


To engage audiences in an ongoing and historical dialogue, in which people of all backgrounds are able to see American history though a critical perspective, to reflect on their own experiences, and to make meaningful connections between: the past and the present, the global and the local, themselves and others.

Main Programs

  • Walking tours

  • Educational tours

  • Quarterly Family Festivals (Mid-Autumn Moon, Lunar New Year, Family Treasures, Dragon Boat)

  • MOCACREATE drop-in arts & crafts for families (1st and 3rd Saturdays)

  • Adult public programs (film screenings, curator talks, book launches, food tastings, music & theater performances, history programs, etc…)

Awards & Recognition

Smithsonian Magazine
Wall Street Journal
New York Times
Conde Nast Traveler
Cool Culture