After four years of a Winnie’s-less New York City, the beloved Chinatown dive karaoke bar is back.
Now open at 58 East Broadway, between Market and Catherine streets — five blocks from the original — the new Winnie’s shares much of the same DNA as the original, just in a new location. It’s from the same owners, mother Winnie Mui and her children Jaime and Teddy, and the basics are all there: karaoke, the famous punch, red booths, and some bar food.
The Muis started thinking about reopening about two years ago because they felt the bar was a loss for the neighborhood. “It was almost like a Chinese Cheers,” Jaime says.
The old Winnie’s, there for 28 years, was priced out by a rent hike, so the Muis took their time to find a sustainable new location. This one is on the second floor and is in a more commercial district, ensuring neighbors won’t be bothered by karaoke that runs daily until 4 a.m.
“We want it to be loud and people to come in, have a good time, and scream and sing their heads off,” Jaime says.
There are a few upgrades here: There are no more laserdiscs; the karaoke system now computerized. And it being a new space, Teddy describes it as “a little bit more fashionable” — there’s a rose gold mic on the stage — but still with “that homely feel.” The chandeliers, made out of the old laserdiscs, bring in a little piece of the old Winnie’s to the space.
It’s a full bar with a capacity for 60 people. The famous Hawaiian punch, made with eight kinds of liquor and three juices but tasting nothing like alcohol, has been renamed to dragon punch. Food will be available soon, with options like pork chop over rice and fried chicken wings.
Winnie’s is now open daily from noon to 4 a.m.