When Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao, the city’s most famous soup dumpling joint, closed its doors last month in Flushing, the food world was up in arms. Why did such a successful restaurant close? Did they lose their lease? Was the rent too high? While rumors were circling, this beloved mom-and-pop Shanghainese joint was secretly planning a major upgrade and expansion around the corner. Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao is coming back – and will be better than ever.
The restaurant has signed a lease for 5,113 square feet, more than doubling their footprint, in a brand new corner space at One Fulton Square, the transformative 330,000-square-foot mixed-use development at the new heart of Flushing on 39th Avenue. Opening this fall, the new Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao will feature the same amazing menu with their signature crab and pork xiao long bao (soup dumplings) among other specialities, plus some new Shanghainese favorites.
The authentic Shanghainese eatery will accommodate 150 guests in a bright, comfortable space with modern interiors, showcasing natural wood and stone alongside traditional Chinese design elements like the ceiling, which is decorated with graceful curved tile and brick. The restaurant will have a grand dining room with a big open kitchen showcasing the pure magic that put them on the map. A bilingual, hospitality-trained staff will ensure the highest level of service during the unique dining experience.
One Fulton Square features many of Flushing’s most popular eateries including Pappa Rich, Malaysian fast casual joint, and Guan Fu, the authentic white-napkin Sichuan concept that became the first Chinese restaurant to be awarded three stars by The New York Times in several decades.
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