Average one-bedroom rent: Around $2,400, according Joshua Juneau, a senior real estate specialist TripleMint
What you get: "I think the best way to describe Chinatown apartments is, 'don’t judge a book by its cover,'" Juneau says. "A lot of these buildings might look awkward from the facade, but once you're in, you're like, 'oh my goodness, this is better than I ever thought I could afford!' A lot of management companies are upping their game."
Why you want it: Because you can be in the middle of everything, but in a human-sized apartment, on a normal-person salary. Or in the more delicate words of Juneau, it's "advantageously priced." "The huge selling point for a lot of people is [Chinatown's] proximity to everywhere you go out," he says. But while easy access to SoHo, Nolita, and the Lower East Side is definitely a selling point, Chinatown has plenty of character in its own right. Obviously, the area is brimming with Chinese restaurants of all different kinds, whether you're looking to spend $5 or $50. And if you want to spend $35 on absinthe, you can definitely do that here, too.