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Oct 8, 2012 08:26 PM

Danny Ng closed?

We tried going to Danny Ng's on Saturday for an early dinner (around 5:30). It was closed with chairs stacked up behind the doors. Anybody know if they're closed for good?

We ended up going to Sing Kee a few doors down and had a very enjoyable meal of preserved vegetable roast chicken, steamed fish, lobster, and pea sprouts. Definitely worth going to for sit down Cantonese food.

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    1. re: AubWah

      Word is a large Hotel Complex is planned. It will stretch from the Bowery to Elizabeth Street.
      The entire character of Chinatown will change.

      1. re: jfmirabella

        Just spoke with the manager at Oriental Garden - it doesn't appear the hotel is stretching the whole length of Elizabeth St., as she hadn't heard anything about it. Certianly Danny Ng's closing makes sense after the closing of South China Garden - I believe they're right behind each other, so that section of the block is going down (or going up, depending on your view) -

        I'd suspect that Jing Fong might be next, although they stretch across two buildings, and while the Northern one overlaps the old South China Garden building the Southern half is in the same building as Oriental Garden, so I assume that at least part of it is safe - kind of odd. Maybe they'll just have to downsize.

        So the hotel appears to be only on the Northern end of Elizabeth below Canal, not the whole block - but with this going up, and the new fancy Wyndham Garden just finished, it might be the beginning of a slow end for that section of Chinatown.

        1. re: sgordon

          the northern part of chinatown is dying a slow death slowly but surely. i bet in 10 years from now chinatown will start to resemble what's happened to chinatowns in SF and LA where they are really shells and few chinese actually live there and those that do are old timers

          the fujian part further south and east may still thrive, but i think the northern part the writing is on the wall

          1. re: Chandavkl

            i mean generally if you own an apartment or commercial building in chinatown, all these things are probably good for real estate values...generally economically the stuff going on is the same gentrification that happened to west village, tribeca, meatpacking and more recently for LES. higher real estate value, nicer looking neighborhoods and generally higher income economically, a good thing

            food wise, its likely a bad thing (specifically for chinese food in chinatown) and it's probably the long term demise of manhattan's chinatown

            1. re: Lau

              Well if it's like what happened in DC Chinatown (gentrification with Hooters moving in with Chinese characters on the signage identifying it as Owl Cafe) it would be bad. But if it just represents organic growth of the community itself it would be good.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                im not opposed to it btw, it happens all the time. its not like chinese food / chinese people will disappear, they'll just move somewhere else (flushing)

                same thing happened in LA as you are aware. chinatown when i was a kid in LA was a much more vibrant place than it is today, where it's a shell of a chinatown. same thing goes for SF

                that said SGV is way way better than chinatown was in the 80s, so i'd pick SGV all day over nostalgia

                1. re: Lau

                  LA Chinatown is one of the strangest neighborhoods in America. Eery.

                2. re: Chandavkl

                  Was there ever good Chinese food in DC Chinatown?

                  1. re: AubWah

                    Back a dozen years ago, Great Wall on I Street was pretty good. But that was probably it.

        2. ...and this happened:

          - hmm... looks like it's full steam ahead for whoever's building whatever there.

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          1. re: sgordon

            Yea I did notice that the DR had closed... Someone got my blood pumping in the other thread saying OG had closed which it thankfully didn't...and New Malaysia just finished an expansion so it looks like they'll be around for a while too. Hope Danny NG and South China Garden reopen elsewhere.