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Feb 2, 2012 08:20 PM

Forget What I Said About Hua Ji Pork Chop

In a recent thread about cheap eats in Chinatown, I mentioned Hua Ji Pork Chop on Allen St. which had pork chops and other goodies with everything on the menu with nothing as much as $5. Well Hua Ji isn't there anymore. Indeed, there have already been two successor restaurants at 7 Allen St., first a place I entirely missed called 7 Station Store, and now the current restaurant with the almost indecipherable name BingEr Coffee Shop. I say almost indecipherable because on the signage, connected to the top right of the letter "r" is a large circle, which makes it look like a symbol, not a letter. I thought Bing might refer to Chinese bing (like the departed Kung Fu Bing on Division), but it's just the romanization of the Chinese name and there's nothing Bing-like on the menu. It's mostly boba and tea drinks, with a few snacks available. Most conspicuous are all the boxes of instant cup of noodles stacked on the counter. But they don't just pour boiling water into the cup. They also mix in fish balls, too, and actually the picture of the concoction looks pretty good. Also a variety of Vietnamese and American sandwiches. Two chicken banh mi for $4.25 is a pretty good deal. BingEr makes at least 7 restaurants at this address in less than 6 years, which is extraordinary, even in Chinatown.

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  1. But the signage Hua Ji is still there, no?

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    1. re: scoopG

      No, it has that funny BangEr symbol on it. Also says Coffee Shop.

      1. re: Chandavkl

        I was there a few days ago and swear I noticed the Hua Ji sign, next door perhaps? I did note the BingEr coffee shop.

    2. Woah really? I was there not that long ago. That's too bad.
      Here's one of its previous incarnations, Kingdom of Pancakes.

      1. Very sad to hear this. That's all I have to say.

        1. 7 Station Store made the best bubble tea of all time. I miss it terribly.

          1. False alarm: Binger and Hua Ji are both in business at 7 Allen (the former in the south storefront, the latter in the north). Both were open this afternoon.

            Wah Ji
            7 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

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            1. re: squid kun

              Thanks. Can you explain the duplicate numbering system in Manhattan? I've noticed it occasionally but it's not like it's all over the place.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                Multiple retail spaces in a single building are usually designated A, B etc. But the letters don't always make it onto signage.

              2. re: squid kun

                Very, very happy to hear this. That's all I have to say.

                1. re: squid kun

                  Thanks squid kun I knew I saw that Hua Ji sign last week!

                  1. re: squid kun

                    Hua Ji was totally shuttered today at at 2:30pm. Perhaps their days/hours of business have changed, or this has something to do with ongoing New Years' festivities (we're still not 15 days out from 1/23)? I'll try to stop by again later this week to see what's up.