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The easiest way to experience the best Chinatown and Little Italy has to offer, learn a little history and try out a range authentic foods (from fresh mozzarella to dumplings) is Ahoy's food tour, which I have went on several times. The tours usually run from 10:30 - 1:30 ish.
If you walk down 8th ave to 15th St, you should definitely stop by The Chelsea Market. You can get almost anything here. The freshest seafood, the best chocolate, cheese, gelato, wine, etc etc. You might also stumble upon food/ wine tastings and cool exhibits from time to time.
6. Alphabet City
For dinner and dessert, I recommend wandering around Alphabet City to see what catches your eye. You can get there via the L train from 8th ave to 1 ave and walk east one ave and head south. No matter what you are craving, there is a restaurant for you. But I recommend Porsena for pasta and Lula's Sweet Apothecary for ice cream.