As Jimmy Chin readies to move Chin Chin downtown, after one last dinner service tonight, another Chinese restaurant is now poised to take over the space. As rumored, Red Stixs, the high-end Chinese restaurant that drew celebs like Simon Cowell and Jason Kidd to its Hamptons locale this summer, has just signed a lease to take over the space at 216 E 49th Street that has housed Chin Chin for the last 29 years.
"The area is a great fit for a strong lunch as well as dinner business,'' partner David Schulman tells Eater. Chef "Skinny'' Mei, who spent nine years as chef at Philippe, will oversee the New York kitchen, and will keep the same menu of standards like dumplings, kung pao chicken, and sweet and sour prawns that she had out east. Schulman says they hope to open by the end of the year.