Panda Express opens in Manhattan Nov. 21

Date Published: 
Nov 19, 2015

Hop on your nearest express train -- an orange chicken shaped hole in your heart is about to be filled!

Panda Express opens in New York City Saturday, Nov. 21 after a 14-year hiatus in the five boroughs.

A family-owned business since its California founding in 1983, the Manhattan location of restaurant feels more like a neighborhood spot than yet another outpost of a massive chain. Photographs featuring scenes from Shanghai and Chinese proverbs line the slate grey walls and pseudo-rustic wooden tabletops and stools line the small dining room.

Likening the resurgence of the chain in NYC to Chick-fil-A's recent midtown opening -- which is franchised, not family-owned -- a spokesperson for Panda Express hopes the new locations give transplants a memorable taste of the fast food they grew up with.

Between 68th and 69th streets, the restaurant is surrounded by a Yogurtland, Patsy's Pizzeria, Famous Famiglia, Le Pain Quotidian, Chipotle, and several more fast food and fast casual restaurants.

On opening day, Panda Express will donate 100% of sales to local charities: Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and Washington GREYS Military Cadet. Both new locations will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Rumor has it a human in a panda costume may be in attendance.

AM New York
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