No More ‘Jian Xin’ for Allen Street
Still with its grand opening banner straddling the storefront marquee, Jiang Xin Fan Tuan on Allen Street is no more.
Now, if ever there was, this is a lesson in contradiction – the leasing signage hangs just below the launch proclamation. Yet, this snack shop was a contradiction from the get-go last April, billing itself as a Japanese joint despite the Chinese menu.
Jiang Xin appeared to capitalize on the intercity bus depot located at its 38 Allen doorstep, slinging its namesake Fan Tuan rice rolls at basement pricing. However, it wasn’t sustainable; they recently closed down, capping less than a year on the Chinatown/Lower East Side divide.