Empress Pavilion stops serving dim sum, will open only for private parties


The Empress Pavilion restaurant in Chinatown is now the Empress Pavilion Banquets and Events Center. The Hong Kong-style restaurant in the Bamboo Plaza, known for its dim sum, transitioned to an events center Dec. 7. That means no more dim sum -- or dinner.

The restaurant, which was open for almost 25 years before closing in 2013, then reopening in October 2014, will only be open for private parties and events.

Fans of the dim sum will have to go to owner Andy Lau’s other restaurant, Ocean Seafood, located two blocks down Broadway, for the shumai.

In Jonathan Gold’s review earlier this year, he had this to say about his experience in the Empress Pavilion dining room:


”... Rows of empty tables yawn into the distance. There are more chandeliers in the dining room than people. You know that the Kenny G blasting from the ceiling will haunt your dreams. You feel like the last man on Earth. You are handed a menu ... from Ocean Seafood.”

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