Mentioned in the forums, and confirmed by the photo, Panda Restaurant (the Chinese food/Italian food mashup on 46th btw. 5+6th) has closed. It always saddens me to see a Chinese food place of any kind fail, but this isn’t much of a surprise- Panda just wasn’t really that good. And if I’m saying that, you know it’s pretty bad. (I discriminate against no Chinese food!) According to the sign, a pizza place is coming soon.
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I’m sorry, I couldn’t help it. I have a problem. The funny thing is others stopped by the newly opened Panda International (on 46th btw. 5+6th), took one look at the food, and walked out. From Lunch’er “Gustad”
“Went with some coworkers, and just as we were walking in, 3 guys walked out laughing. so i asked what was wrong, and they said it looked too sketchy. we continued walking in to come to the same conclusion. in their warm trays, i saw meatballs and other italian dishes. what the hell!!?? their menu had chinese dishes for 10-11 bucks (the stuff that is usually 6-8 at a real chinese joint). and heros, smoothies, etc… very odd. i saw a mexican in the kitchen and two white people up front. i can eat at the junkiest of chinese places, and i’m not saying this place looks junkie, but it was very far from appetizing. we left without food.”
I stayed and ate.
Panda Restaurant is Open: via NYC Foodie: "It is now officially called Panda International Restaurant (not Chinese)...that's actually kind of scary!! It looks open-but shitty." Shitty in a good way (see today's previous post), or shitty shitty? I'm still not deterred.
Posted at 12:45 pm, April 23rd, 2009 | 1 Comment
Neither of the two new places we thought may open today are opening. The new location of Crisp (on 40th btw. 6+B’way) didn’t get the visit from the gas company they were promised, so they’re planning on opening next Monday. Panda Restaurant (on 46th btw. 5+6th) said they need one more day, but will definitely be opening tomorrow… and, we’re hearing it’s not just Chinese food- but also Italian take out. Weird. I think I may have to be there on opening day.
So it’s not a Panda Express, but I suppose we’re getting closer. Chuan Garden (on 46th btw. 5+6th) is finally reopening as “Panda Restaurant”. Thanks to Profiled Midtown Lunch’er Josh from NYCFoodie, who sent along the photo above. No word on whether or not it is the same owners, same food, or when it’s going to be reopening… but we know it’s still Chinese food- and as far as I’m concerned, the more Chinese food in Midtown the better.