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Red Stixs Picks Up Where Chin Chin Left Off, Luring Celebrities With Chinese Food

The old Chin Chin space got an update, but the new resident isn't so different from the old one.

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Hamptons hotspot Red Stixs opened last night in the old Chin Chin space, bringing Chinese food back to East 49th Street after a two month absence. Owners Michael Reda and David Lee are determined to keep the celebrity clientele they drew out on the Island and that Chin Chin was known for. There's a VIP dining room for guests who want a separate, undetectable entrance, and another private dining room, which is entered by walking down a "runway" (ahem, open space) through the middle of the main dining room. The space is largely the same, but did get a refresh. Now the outer walls are lined with tan leather banquettes instead of the wooden booths, and the art on the walls was swapped out.

The lengthy menu of Beijing-inspired fare from Chef James "Skinny" Mei is broken into categories like a Chinatown menu — poultry, seafood, noodles and dumplings, and a whole section of lettuce wraps. There's also a chef's tasting option, but that requires a six person minimum.

Meanwhile, Chin Chin owner Jimmy Chin is looking for a new home for his restaurant, somewhere downtown.

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