Revived ’88 Lan Zhou’ Dumpling Mecca Opens on the Bowery
Chinatown dumpling darling 88 Lan Zhou reopened this past Wednesday, returning to the ranks of the living with a much larger footprint. New headquarters is now at 40 Bowery, with a sign proclaiming that menu and ownership remains the same.
The upgrade still preserves that no-frills setup, yet on a grander scale. Its long and narrow dining room seats about forty folks, and is a stark departure from the humble East Broadway predecessor; handwritten menu boards also dot the space.
You’ll recall that the decade-old noodle house departed 144 East Broadway in August after its lease expired, as first reported here. The brief loss became the proverbial shot heard round the internet, inspiring obits all over the place. As luck would have it, though, 88 Lan Zhou found and settled in the former Ken’s Asian Taste at 40 Bowery, which recently went out of business.