69 Bayard Replacement ‘Wing Kee’ Tries to Keep the Cheap Eats Dream Alive

Posted on: March 31st, 2016 at 5:12 am by
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​Before you could even utter the phrase “Chinatown cheap eats,” a like-minded newcomer is already operating at 69 Bayard. Replaced in a flash.

The former “69 Bayard” late-night standby shuttered at the end of February after its lease expired and the landlord jacked the rent. Just like that, eighty years of business disappeared. Or, so we thought.

New management took over the lease and is basically trying to keep the same vibe alive with Wing Kee. (Guess they were okay with the escalated rent.) The storefront was scrubbed, brightened, and reopened; the 69 Bayard neon is still glowing, though.

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Yesterday was the grand opening. Menu is largely the same as before, we’re told, with bottom-dollar price points. Plus, we hear that the kitchen staff stayed on.

Even though the crinkled dollar bills of the predecessor were removed from the interior, we understand that ownership wants to continue the tradition anew. Taping your currency is encouraged.

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The new ownership at 69 Bayard St.

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