69 Bayard Replacement ‘Wing Kee’ Tries to Keep the Cheap Eats Dream Alive

Posted on: March 31st, 2016 at 5:12 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

​Before you could even utter the phrase “Chinatown cheap eats,” a like-minded newcomer is already operating at 69 Bayard. Replaced in a flash.

The former “69 Bayard” late-night standby shuttered at the end of February after its lease expired and the landlord jacked the rent. Just like that, eighty years of business disappeared. Or, so we thought.

New management took over the lease and is basically trying to keep the same vibe alive with Wing Kee. (Guess they were okay with the escalated rent.) The storefront was scrubbed, brightened, and reopened; the 69 Bayard neon is still glowing, though.

This image has been archived or removed.

Yesterday was the grand opening. Menu is largely the same as before, we’re told, with bottom-dollar price points. Plus, we hear that the kitchen staff stayed on.

Even though the crinkled dollar bills of the predecessor were removed from the interior, we understand that ownership wants to continue the tradition anew. Taping your currency is encouraged.

This image has been archived or removed.

The new ownership at 69 Bayard St.

Recent Stories

Punk Couple ‘Dennis and Lois’ Dish on their 40-Year Love Affair with Music [INTERVIEW]

New York couple Dennis and Lois consume concerts at the same frenetic pace as many of the acts they see perform their sets (sometimes they see four shows a week, sometimes it’s brief overnight stint in Manchester). They are the ultimate punk fans, a lifetime music-driven couple. And the best kind of cool – matter […]

Yesterday’s Snowfall Toppled Trees Around the Lower East Side [PHOTOS]

Yesterday’s late-fall snowstorm (aka “Snowvember”) had trees falling around the Lower East Side. Over on Norfolk Street, the weight of the wet snow-pack toppled several large limbs at around 5pm, smashing into parked cars and blocking southbound traffic below Stanton Street. (Video below.) Firefighters quickly responded with the chainsaws to clear the debris. One person […]

Make No Mistake, CM Margaret Chin Wants Towers in Two Bridges [OP-ED]

The following editorial was written by community leader David Tieu, a member of the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors coalition, which is staunchly opposed to the incoming waterfront development. With just a rubber stamp of City Planning approval, four mega-towers on the flood plain of the Lower East Side waterfront – each between 60 and […]

HPD Moves Forward with ‘Haven Green’ Development Atop Elizabeth Street Garden

With the edict to remove statues from the park, the proverbial bulldozers are revving up the engines after the city decides to move forward with the redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden. This week, the Department of City Planning certified plans to proceed with the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) for the Haven Green […]

City Inaugurates 2-Way Delancey Street Bike Lane this Morning

The city will roll out the green carpet this morning. Implemented last month, the nascent two-way protected bike lane along the south side of Delancey Street is finally ready for its official inauguration. The Department of Transportation is holding a press conference this morning on the Lower East Side to celebrate this “safer route for bicycle […]