Jing Fong Stays in Chinatown with Smaller Location on Centre Street

Posted on: May 19th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Karlin Chan

Jing Fong as we knew it is now gone. Previously set to close at the end of this month, the classic dim sum restaurant announced last week that Sunday was the final day.

This is not the end of the road for Jing Fong in Chinatown, though. As previously reported, the business – which also counts an Upper West Side satellite – is working on a new 125-seat location. Until now, the exact space has been unknown.

Jing Fong will return in July, keeping the franchise in Chinatown albeit on a much smaller scale. Word on the street is that 202 Centre Street is the future home.

Photo: Karlin Chan

Meanwhile, Jing Fong was packed on its last day, as hungry diners lined up outside 20 Elizabeth for a final meal.

Jing Fong opened in 1978 but moved to its current location at 20 Elizabeth Street in 1992. It fast became a neighborhood favorite with its cavernous space and dim sum offerings. But the dining room also served as a community gathering space for locals to meet old friends or hold meetings.

Unfortunately, Jing Fong became a victim of COVID-19 well before the first reported case in New York City in 2020. The dismal lunar new year season saw many cancellations of traditional “spring dinner” gatherings, which prove crucial to buoying the Chinatown restaurant scene.

Losing this Elizabeth Street banquet hall will have serious economic impact on Chinatown’s other businesses due to overall loss of foot traffic. Hopefully, though, as New York city begins lifting capacity limits on inside dining, another group of investors might want to make a go of it in the space.

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