If you’re making an effort to come to Manhattan Chinatown for K-Beauty/Asian Beauty shopping, I created a route for so you can visit these stores in one go. I’ve listed it in this particular order for best efficiency if you’re coming out of the Canal Street subway station 6, N, R, Q or Z trains. I plan to keep adding to this guide and I made a special Google Map with all these places listed! SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW THE MAP and see how you can print it out too. Bookmark/subscribe to my blog for updates!
Last updated August 29, 2017 to include Koreatown and Union Square/East Village/SoHo – Click to see the full list!
- The Mask Bar, 37 Howard St, New York, NY 10013
If you get out of the N, Q, R, W train stop at Canal Street which exits on Broadway and Canal, you should walk over to The Mask Bar first but if happen to get out of the 6 train exit, you can probably afford to miss the Mask Bar since there will be other stores along this route that also offer popular sheet masks.
- The Saem, 234 Canal St, New York, NY 10013
(Corner of the New Land Plaza building)
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Closest to the train station, starting here makes the most sense. This is opened around February 2017 and it’s there’s also a bigger Flushing location as well! The layout is very spacious and the sales associates aren’t pushy and very helpful. They give a ton of samples with your purchase and have frequent deals on sheet masks.
- Nature Republic, 151 Centre St, New York, NY 10013
(b/t Walker St & Canal St)
Disappointingly this is not really a Nature Republic store anymore as it sells other brands and hardly houses much stock on actual Nature Republic items. It’s small but stocks a lot of trending products on its shelves. There’s also a full blown Nature Republic on Union Sq. or in K-town too that’s under direct ownership from the Nature Republic corporate offices in Korea. Go to Union Sq or Koreatown for the real Nature Republic experience. Chinatown Yelp (Thumbnail credit to yelp)
Union Sq. Yelp
- Tony Moly (Chinatown), 234-238 Canal St, New York, NY 10013
(Inside New Land Plaza building)
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It’s across the street from Nature Republic and a bit tucked away from the touristy Canal Street because it’s actually inside the New Land Plaza building (entrance to the shared building is on Canal but the true entrance to the storefront is on Walker Street.
- New Kam Man, 200 Canal St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013
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Sheet masks and cleansers galore here. Leaders Insolution, My Beauty Diary, Mediheal, and Japanese skincare selection is heavy. Hardly any makeup except for a few BB creams (IPKN, Dr. Jart).
- oo35mm, 81 Mott St, 2nd Fl New York, NY 10013 (b/t Canal St & Bayard St)
This store has a lot of photos on yelp already. They are very on-trend and have a good pulse on the market. They carry low to high-end products ranging from Japanese to Korean beauty. It’s on the second floor and they manage to carry a lot of items in those white little cubbies. All the newest items hot that are being talked about are probably in stock here first.
- The Face Shop, 6-B Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013
(b/t Canal St & Bayard St)
Spacious store, bigger than the ktown location. They will give you a 10% Student Discount with valid student ID. Pretty good with giving you free samples and they also have a membership card specific to the Chinatown location.
Yelp (thumbnail credit to Yelp)
- ARITAUM, 173 Hester St, New York, NY 10013
Very small store that sells the same stuff (if not less stock) as the Amore shop on Catherine Street listed below. Newish location that quietly popped up around winter 2017. Go to the Amore on Catherine Street instead, it’s still an Aritaum location that hasn’t been rebranded on the exterior yet.
- Everyday Beauty Lab, 115 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
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This is the first two-level Asian beauty emporium in Manhattan filled with a very wide selection in sheet masks and carries products that range from the very affordable to the very premium likes of The History of Whoo, O HUI, Isa Knox and Sooreyhan. What it lacks in makeup, it makes up for in skincare and false eyelashes. Note that it does not carry Missha skincare like its Everyday Beauty parent company but it carries Missha’s color cosmetics.
- Amore (Aritaum), 7 Catherine St, New York, NY 10002
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They carry IOPE, Laneige, Sulwhasoo and a few items from Aritaum and Mamonde! The Aritaum site advertises that it’s products are sold along with its brothers and sisters under this operation name, Amore. Although “Amore” hints that it might carry the Amore Pacific line, it doesn’t and instead carries the company’s sub-lines as mentioned above. (You can find Amore Pacific at Sephora or Bergdorf Goodman.) There are a bunch of these Amore stores in Flushing in one in 8th Ave Brooklyn but this Amore location in Chinatown is the newest one (opened in 2013).
- JKNLEE, 2 E. Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Where you can find Club Clio Professional makeup, Goodal, Peripera, Dr. G, Derma Dr. Lab and SOO AE brands! Lots of my favorite brands are housed in this store. This kicked off their opening with a huge sample sale and continually have huge sales throughout the year. Favorite Clio Kill Black liquid pen eyeliners are here as well as cult Goodal skincare items like the Water Lasting Oil. Peripera Lip Inks are always coming out with new variations and I keep eating them up. Another (bigger) location is in Union Sq. but named as Club Clio.
- Nature Collection (FKA The Beauty Shop), 57 Division St, Manhattan, NY 10002
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This shop has been distributing The History of Whoo, O HUI and ISA KNOX for the last 10 years. It’s a small hidden gem selling some of Korea’s most premium brands. Now that Everyday Beauty Lab opened, you don’t have to go deep into this local neighborhood to get your hands on delicious “hanbang” skincare. This was formerly name The Beauty Shop and they recently expanded into the smaller corner store and rebranded as Nature Collection! I’ll update soon with a new exterior shot.
- Fuzhou Pharmacy, 96 E. Broadway, Manhattan, NY 10002
This pharmacy is actually PACKED with sheet mask boxes from My Scheming (owned by the behemoth company of Taiwanese sheet masks, My Beauty Diary). They are general a little cheaper than MBD because they aren’t as popular but the ingredients list is pretty solid all around with active ingredients in the top to middle of the list (meaning that there is higher concentration of the ingredients that count in effectiveness). They also stock a ton of Japanese skincare too but nothing that you probably wouldn’t have already found in New Kam Man. Come here to stock up on My Scheming and yes, they carry MBD by the boxes too. They should have a Buy 3 boxes get 1 Free deal at $10.99/box. If you walked ALL WAY HERE at the end of the kbeauty map, you can either walk back towards Canal St subway or take the F train at East Broadway (1 block away) to your next destination!
NYC Koreatown Map
I added another Layer to include some awesome locations in Koreatown too! Click on the list button on the upper left hand corner to check the Koreatown layer or uncheck the Chinatown depending on which area you want to zoom in.
- Tony Moly Flagship/Koryo Book Enterprise, 35 W 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001
- The Face Shop, 32 W 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001
- SKYLAKE, 29 W 32nd St, Ste 106, New York, NY 10001
- Nature Republic, 33 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
- Besfren Beauty, 315 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Union Square/East Village/SoHo Map
- Club Clio Professional, 11 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
- Innisfree (Coming Soon Sep 2017), 862 Broadway (& 17th Street), New York, NY 10003
- Ume Cosme, 318 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003
- The Mask Bar, 259 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
- Chi Snack Shop, 22 Saint Marks Pl New York, NY 10003
- Might be renamed to Chi Life Shop since they started to carry more skincare than snacks now!
- (NOW CLOSED since 8/2017, will reopen at a better location) Too Cool For School, 292 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
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