2 generations and 40 years of expanding horizon through eyewear excellence

1979 Vintage NYC // Mott Street, Chinatown

The Chinatown Optical roots were first planted in America by Siki Ma, the patriarch of the company, who arrived from Southern China in the 1970s. Siki's passion was to help people and saw a need for fashionable and functional eyewear for the recent Chinese immigrant community in Lower Manhattan. He began selling eyeglasses and edging customized lenses in his small shop on Mott Street and in Manhattan's famed Chinatown.

1994 Siki Ma at Morel France Factory

In 40 years, a lot has changed in Chinatown NYC, but also a lot has stayed the same. Just like our neighborhood, Chinatown Optical has reflected that dynamic change but also kept one eye planted firmly in the past and dedicated to the customers and the community who helped make us who we are today. 

From 1979 to today. Chinatown Optical's story is, above all else, one of a family that has been passionate about sourcing and dispensing eyewear and providing excellent customer eyecare as an independent company since 1979. With four decades of dedication to our patients, innovation, and high standards, Chinatown Optical is deeply rooted in the NYC eyewear scene and culture. Rich from its history, Chinatown Optical has continued to be at the forefront of offering industry leading brands and enhancing the customer experience through professional eyecare service.


 Let's Celebrate Our 40th Years Anniversary 

Customer Appreciation Month

For the month of July, we would like to thanks our community and our VIP customers for supporting us over the forty years. Come visit us and enjoy 20% off all complete pair purchases. 

For our special VIP customers we have a special gift for you!Come to redeem this exclusive free gift during the month of August.

 Exclusive Eyewear Trunk Show

Chinatown Optical’s mission is expanding horizons. One way we do this is travelling around the world to the finest and most innovative factories in the world so we can bring a piece of that back to our humble corner on Mott and Pell to show our customers and inspire them to see their world in a new way.

From the eyewear artisans in Japan who’s meticulously handcraft a pair of glasses for months to the awe inspiring color combinations natural Italian acetate can produce, Chinatown Optical proudly curates a select collection to show our customer how seamlessly style, comfort, and innovation fuses together to create an essential accessory that transforms into an expression of ones character. To exemplify this ethos, Chinatown Optical are welcoming two of the most innovative eyewear brands in the market: Chrome Hearts and Lindberg to have an exclusive trunk show this summer at our store.

Chrome Hearts unapologetically uses the finest and most precious materials in the market: Damascus steel, sterling silver, 18 carat white gold, and piano varnish to make a bold, fashion-forward statement piece that have a cult celebrity following.
( For more Chrome Heart collection, please go to our Chrome Hearts Eyewear gallery webpage )

For Our Chrome Hearts Exclusive Eyewear Trunk Show:

  • Free Admission, Chrome hearts stylist, Music and Refreshments.
  • Only 9 spots for Chrome Hearts' RSVP customers.
  • 20% off for our RSVP customer (complete pair purchase).
  • Complete collection and Exclusive, never before seen, styles.
  • Pre-order for 2019 fall/winter styles.
  • Raffle to win Chrome Hearts apparel. 


In the eyewear world, Lindberg is synonymous with light-weight, precise engineering, minimalism, design excellence, and customization. With over 70 design awards and being the preferred eyewear of Danish royalty, Chinatown Optical has been bringing timeless elegance with Linberg to our community for years.
( For more Lindberg collection, please go to our Lindberg gallery webpage )

For Our Lindberg Exclusive Eyewear Trunk Show:

  • Free Admission, Music and Refreshments.
  • Complete collection, hundreds of customization styles, dedicated Lindberg stylist, and raffle to win free Lindbergs.
  • RSVP will receive extra raffle ticket. 20% off with complete pair purchase, please RSVP as soon as possible.

 Artwork Unveiling - Elody Gyekis

Chinatown Optical Group is pleased to commission Artist Elody Gyekis come to celebrate our 40th anniversary with us. We chose Eldoy because her murals has brighten up and added character and historic depth to communities all over the US. She will transform our iconic windows on Mott Street to one that conveys the four theme that made us special: Family, community, history, and expanding horizons. Come July 19th to see her unveil her work.

  • Date: Aug 2nd, 2019
  • Time: 4PM - 7PM
  • Free Admission, Arts, Music and Refreshments.  

July 01, 2019 — Chinatown Optical Group