Joe’s Shanghai Ditches Pell Street for the Bowery
Chinatown stalwart Joe’s Shanghai is settling into its new home on the Bowery, two weeks after relocating from Pell Street. And with it, the crowds and queues.
In the shadow of the Jing Fong banquet hall.
The main driver behind this move – nearly twenty-five years since opening on Pell Street – appears to be the need for more space. Recently renovated, the commercial footprint at 46 Bowery – previously considered by both Eddie Huang and the Starr Restaurant Group – is much larger than the original.
Joe’s Shanghai is actually native to Flushing, founded by Mei Ping Matsumura and chef Kiu Sang “Joe” Si in 1995. The Pell Street location in Manhattan’s Chinatown followed a year later, and often eclipsed the other two restaurants in the city stable. There are also four outposts in Japan.
Their soup dumplings always rank tops in best-of compendiums. On any given day, lines of hungry patrons snake down Pell Street to dine here. So the positioning beside the Hotel 50 Bowery makes sense – better access to tourist dollars.
And crowds still swell…