Downsized Jing Fong Opens on Centre Street in Chinatown
The new Jing Fong dim sum restaurant opened this week at 202 Centre Street.
Much smaller in scale, the restaurant nonetheless revives signature menu offerings, albeit for take-out only. And temporarily at that. Overall decor is reminiscent of the much-loved-but-vacated location on Elizabeth Street, and even includes similar wall treatments.
Jing Fong closed earlier this year at the height of the pandemic. At the time – February 2020 – its owners no longer thought it viable to operate the huge banquet hall while Covid-related capacity protocols were in place, and with no end in sight.
The reimagined space seats roughly 110 diners with the familiar large shared tables, as well as smaller ones for dinner.
Jing Fong opened in 1978 but moved to its now-former headquarters 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.