Jing Fong reopened for takeout and delivery service on Monday
Following a temporary closure that lasted more than three months, NYC’s largest Chinese restaurant, Jing Fong, reopened this week, its owners shared in a post on Instagram. The legendary Chinatown spot — known for its lively brunches and countless dim sum carts — had previously closed on March 12 but reopened on Monday for takeout and delivery from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.
Despite the rain on Tuesday, the restaurant saw an uptick in sales from the previous day. The restaurant had reported more sales by lunchtime on Tuesday than all of Monday. For now, Jing Fong’s kitchen is staffed by four cooks, down from the regular 10 to allow for social distancing. Even so, more than 35 of Jing Fong’s dim sum dishes are available for takeout and delivery, including its popular rice noodles, barbecue pork buns, chicken feet, and fish balls. The restaurant’s peking duck, available in half and whole portions, has also made its way to the new menu.
The nearly 50-year-old Jing Fong — one of NYC’s largest restaurants with 800 seats — had previously closed on March 12, shortly after Governor Cuomo announced that all venues with seats for more than 500 people would have to close. “For everyone’s health and safety, we will close until Cuomo says it’s OK to gather again,” the restaurant tweeted at the time. Jing Fong’s Upper West Side has remained open for takeout and delivery. Call (212) 964-5256 to order takeout or delivery south of Spring Street; for deliveries north of Spring Street, order through a third-party delivery app. — Additional reporting by Gary He
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