Chinatown menu? New development, not dumplings

Restaurant scene pinched as newcomers move in

Chinatown in Manhattan (Credit: Madhu nair via Flickr)
Chinatown in Manhattan (Credit: Madhu nair via Flickr)

Dumplings and scallion pancakes, move over. Gentrification and new development are taking over Chinatown.

The neighborhood’s restaurant scene is on the front lines, with old-time eateries being replaced by new types of cuisine and bank branches.

Ali Baba Organic Market Now Occupies 1 Mott Street, while Pulqueria, a tequila and taco joint, has opened at 11 Doyers Street. Next door at 9 Doyers is Apothoke, a cocktail bar popular with suburbanites, according to the New York Post.

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“There are not as many restaurants” in the neighborhood, admitted James Tang, a grandson of “Shorty” Tang, who opened Hwa Yuan at 40 East Broadway in 1968. A revamped and expanded version of the restaurant is opening soon, but it will feature a marble facade.

Beyond the restaurant scene, rental and condo development has found its way to Chinatown in recent years, and last year landlord Andy Chau filed plans for a mixed-use building at 86 Canal Street.

Several large-scale projects are also rising in Two Bridges, including Extell Development’s One Manhattan Square at 252 South Street, JDS Development Group’s 247 Cherry Street and L+M Development and CIM Group’s 260 South Street.  [NYP]E.B. Solomont