Your Guide to Sunset Park: Brooklyn's Chinatown

Dramatic sunset over the neighborhood of Sunset Park, in Brooklyn, New York City
Dramatic sunset over the neighborhood of Sunset Park in Brooklyn. Getty Images/Busà Photography

Sunset Park may be one of Brooklyn's most diverse neighborhoods. Here you'll find charming brownstones, a thriving Latin American culture, Brooklyn's largest Chinese community, and a recent influx of young New Yorkers in search of cheaper rents.

The neighborhood's multicultural makeup is only part of its charm. The park that gives Sunset Park its name is a beautiful piece of land that offers stunning views of Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn, and even Staten Island and New Jersey.

Sunset Park on the Map

Sunset Park stretches south from 15th Street at the edge of Park Slope and runs north to 65th Street, where it is bordered by Bay Ridge. The neighborhood runs to 9th Avenue and Borough Park to the east and Upper New York Bay to the west.

Sunset Park can be accessed by subway on the D, M, N, and R trains. Six bus lines also serve the area: the B9, B11, B35, B37, B63, and B70.

Real Estate

Low crime, ample park space, and plentiful transportation make Sunset Park a desirable place to live. While you might get more space for your money here (and potential park views!), apartments in the neighborhood are by no means cheap. The median apartment sales price is approximately $715,000. Studios rent from $1000 to $1500.

Bars & Restaurants

Anyone with a penchant for Latin American and Asian cuisine will love eating out in Sunset Park. Inexpensive taquerias, Chinese restaurants, and Vietnamese sandwich shops line the streets. Top picks include Ba Xuyen for what may be the best banh mi in New York City, Yu Nan Flavour Snack for amazing noodles, and Tacos Matamoros for a variety of tempting taco concoctions.

If you're looking to go out on the town, make your way to the Spot Bar & Lounge for a low-key night of pool, foosball, and cheap drinks.

Activities & Attractions

The neighborhood's main draw is its 24.5-acre namesake park, a green gem that offers gorgeous views of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, Staten Island, and New Jersey. A favorite among locals, the park also boasts a large playground and a popular public swimming pool.

History buffs won't want to miss Green-Wood Cemetery, a beautifully landscaped landmark located in the heart of the neighborhood. The cemetery's four ponds, rolling hills, enormous trees, and flower gardens attract visitors from throughout the city, and you could easily wander around the grounds for hours.

Sunset Park Shopping & Essentials

Shopping in Sunset Park is an experience that reflects the neighborhood's diverse background. Fifth Avenue is filled with grocery stores and Latin American markets, while the always-busy Eighth Avenue is the main hub of Brooklyn's Chinatown. Here you can stock up on paper lanterns and a variety of specialty Asian foods and ingredients. For more insider information on the area, check out the Sunset Park neighborhood blog Sunset Park Chronicled.