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Nov 16, 2011 05:18 AM

Has Poon Kee Closed or Just Undergoing Renovations?

I stopped by Poon Kee's yesterday to pick up some of their tripe. When I arrived, there were two men gutting out the store, everything totally ripped out. The sign on the outside, above the store, hasn't been taken down. So does anyone know if they they're just renovating the store and will reopen or have they closed down?

Poon Kee
39 Monroe St, New York, NY 10002

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  1. They were closed the last 2 times I stopped by. I have a bad feeling we are never going to see them again. Huge blow to Chinatown

    1. wait where was this? b/c there are two locations that have the same sign

      1) market between madison and monroe - this has been closed for a while
      2) monroe between catherine and market - this is the one that is actually open

      I hope its not closed its one of the best places in chinatown

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      1. re: Lau

        Not Market. The location on Market manufactures noodles. I've walked by many times and they usually have the door open and you can see them working making noodles in a big industrial machine.

        The restaurant, the one at 39 Monroe, is the one I'm referring to. I stopped by about three weeks ago and bought some tripe. I stopped by again this week on Tuesday and as I said in my previous post, the place is totally gutted out. I hope they're just renovating.

          1. re: Lau

            Walked by this weekend and a sign said Poon Kee will reopen Dec. 15.

            1. re: DannM

              awesome! i wonder what they're doing with it

              1. re: Lau

                Walked by yesterday and saw new sign. The store will reopen Jan. 1.

                1. re: DannM

                  damn thats dissapointing. i had december 15h marked on my calendar

                  1. re: AubWah

                    as long as it re-opens i dont care, im actually curious to see what its like after they renovate

                    1. re: Lau

                      it will probably look like a duane reade

                      1. re: AubWah

                        Stopped by yesterday and the sign now says "Will Reopen Soon" When that will be, your guess is as good as mine. I'll probably check next month to see if it reopens but I'm beginning to lose hope.

                        Does anyone know where to get some good tripe in Chinatown?

                        1. re: DannM

                          hmm thats annoying, i really want them to open up again

                          the tripe at noodle village is pretty decent

                          i haven't had it in a while, but the tripe at the cart on grand and bowery (northeast corner) is pretty decent.

                          There also is a cart on like rutgers and east broadway and generally everything they have is good and i think they have tripe

                          Noodle Village
                          13 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

                          1. re: Lau

                            I strolled by this morning and saw the same sign. Guess I'll have to go all the way to Sun Light for my cheung fan fix. Boo.

                          2. re: DannM

                            Actually that's encouraging since they put up a new reopening soon sign on colored paper in lieu of the beat up cardboard sign. On the other hand, the new sign is partically torn off.

        1. i sort of found a replacement for poon kee this weekend (hopefully not a permanent replacement though), ill post on it soon

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          1. re: Lau

            Looking forward to it. I walked by Poon Kee a few days ago and they had a new sign. It said Renovations Open Soon. They've put up so many different signs I hope they actually re open..

            1. re: Lau

              ok i forgot to post this, but here is my hopefully temporary replacement for poon kee's fish balls:

              1. re: Lau

                Their food was terrific when I went by there last fall. I went by there yesterday (August 11) and they were closed, but it was late afternoon; are they basically a lunch place?

                1. re: Elliott Hurwitt

                  According to this older post by Lau (a little past halfway down the thread), they close quite early.


                    1. re: Elliott Hurwitt

                      they close very early basically i think they start running out of stuff at like 1pm and are shut by early afternoon and i believe they are closed on sundays

                      here's my original post:

                      1. re: Lau

                        Thanks, Lau, your information is always very helpful. How early would you think they open? Maybe I can grab some on my way to work.

                        1. re: Elliott Hurwitt

                          hmm im not sure exactly when they open although i'd assume its pretty early

                          i usually go there are like 10 or 11 on the weekends, i'd call them for you but i dont think they have a phone. I get back to NY from Asia on friday, so ill try to stop by on saturday (i'm about to post massive food porn soon, I ate at a million places in Asia)

                          1. re: Lau

                            I live nearby and will report back tomorrow AM. I'm just back from Singapore and sorely missing the kaya toast, kopi c and chwee kueh. Maybe cheung fan w/fish balls will provide some comfort.

                            1. re: AgentUmami

                              i was actually just in Singapore as well and Malaysia and Hong Kong. I didn't have time to get chwee kueh unfortunately, but I went a ton of places...what i really miss is bak kut teh and chicken rice b/c you can't get good versions in the US

                              btw you can make kaya toast here yourself, homemade kaya is available. I buy it from Curry Leaves in Flushing and their kaya is pretty similar to what you get in Signapore. I also noticed that Sanur has it as well although I haven't tried it there yet, but it looked good

                              1. re: Lau

                                Thanks for the great kaya tip, Lau. Singapore is a pretty spectacular food destination 'tho my Malay friends say Penang beats it by a mile. :) I look forward to reading about your recent adventures.

                                BTW - If you know of any local sources for 脚标清热水 Three Legs Cooling Water, please let me know. Two months of heaty durian and char kway teow has taken its toll.

                                1. re: AgentUmami

                                  haha if you ask Singaporeans vs Malaysians they always claim their respective foods are better, I've never been to Penang, but when I lived in Singapore I heard the food there is excellent

                          2. re: Elliott Hurwitt

                            Open for business and bustling by 7:30 AM. Per Lau, earlier is best to avoid disappointment.

                            1. re: AgentUmami

                              Yes indeed, thanks AgentUmami, they still had plenty of the good stuff a couple hours later, and plenty of customers.