New Cantonese Restaurant Announced for Former Wing Shoon Seafood Restaurant on East Broadway
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Finally, some activity to report at 165 East Broadway, exactly a year after the Wing Shoon Seafood Restaurant was seized by the City Marshal. Never to reopen.
The gates were up last week at the former Chinatown cheap eats spot – championed by Flight of the Conchords – exposing a bevy of activity within. We spotted a crew of workers moving drywall and other materials into the corner store. Then a few days later, a new sign arrived to confirm the imminent replacement – Wu’s Cantonese Restaurant.
Seems like this might remain a straight-up Chinese joint, and not a trendy destination.
Of course, lest we forget the royal history of 165 East Broadway. The fabled Garden Cafeteria previously operated here, and became a home base for author Isaac Bashevis Singer and the Yiddish literati. The hangout closed in 1983, and was eventually replaced by a variant of Wing Shoon that remained in operation until last September.