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Dim Sum Destination Joy Luck Palace Reopens to the Public Next Week

Joy Luck Palace’s pig-shaped buns will soon be back

Joy Luck Palace
Joy Luck Palace dining room in its prime
Photo by Robert Sietsema

Chinatown’s Joy Luck Palace is under new management and bringing back its popular dim sum and pig-shaped custard buns.

The restaurant, located at 98 Mott Street between Canal and Hester streets, announced at the end of January that it would be closing to public on February first in order to convert into a banquet center for commercial and private parties. Protests by restaurant workers soon followed, who alleged that the decision was a retaliatory response against union workers seeking better protections.

Now, a new sign posted in front of the restaurant says that Joy Luck Palace is under new management and will reinstate dim sum service on February 26th. Dim sum and tea will be served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., made-to-order dim sum will be available for lunch from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and dinner will be available from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The sign, posted below, also includes the dim sum prices.

But the announcement has no word about whether the labor issues have been resolved. Eater NY has reached out to the restaurant for comment.

The restaurant first opened in January 2016 and quickly became one of the city’s busier dim sum parlors. Eater critic Robert Sietsema has called it one of the best dim sum restaurants in New York. It’s particularly known for adorable pig-shaped custard bun, which made rounds on Instagram for some time.

Joy Luck Palace

Joy Luck Palace

98 Mott St., New York, NY 10013