The exterior of Jing Fong as of a few weeks ago. Photo by Lauren.

Jing Fong, a famous dim sum restaurant in Chinatown, is expanding to the Upper West Side, moving into the former home of Planet Sushi at 78th and Amsterdam Avenue. And we got an early look at the plans.

The restaurant will officially open on July 26, but there’s a soft opening for dinner service starting July 17, with a limited selection of items. As we previously reported, the owners want to give locals an early taste of what’s coming.

The Upper West Side Jing Fong will be smaller than its its massive downtown location, with 50 seats inside the main dining room, 12 at the bar, and 40 at an outdoor patio. Ten of the indoor seats will be at a special Chef’s Counter where people can watch the food being made.

It will not have rolling carts like at other dim sum restaurants. Instead, it will serve dim sum dishes in a more traditional restaurant style. Here’s more from Jing Fong:

Guests can expect traditional dishes like Peking Pork Chop; Honey Walnut Prawns; and Beef Chow Fun, along with “The Usual,” the aptly named classic Chicken and Broccoli dish. Favorites like Har Gow, Siu Mai and BBQ Pork Buns will be available, along with exclusive new offerings.  An exciting beverage program will feature a selection of specialty cocktails, along with a carefully curated assortment of wines and beer that are not found anywhere else in the neighborhood.

(Updated again) Hours of Operation:

Soft Opening:

o    4:00pm-11:00pm (7/17)

o    5:00pm – 10:00pm (7/18-7/25)

Summer Hours (7/26-Labor Day):

o    MondayFriday: 5:00pm-10:00pm

o    Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am-10:00pm

After Labor Day:

o    11:00am to 10:00pm, daily


FOOD, NEWS, OPEN/CLOSED | 30 comments | permalink
    1. Billy Amato says:

      I’m going to the neighborhood tasting on July 17 -invitation only.

    2. Eva says:

      Great news!
      Do we need a specific invitation- or is being an Upper West Sider qualify?

    3. Wendy says:

      The carts are half the fun at Jing Fong downtown 🙁

      • Carlos says:

        I agree. I am glad to have them here and it is much more convenient than schlepping downtown but without the carts it will not be the same experience.

    4. Lorry says:

      Welcome to the neighborhood. Can’t wait for your opening.

    5. David Collins says:


      Here I was thinking that landlords were driving every and all businesses out of the UWS.

      • steve says:

        quite the opposite is going on. Don’t make the mistake of listening to the loud nimby minority that think they own the neighborhood

        • Sammie@L says:

          So then who/what is responsible for all of the empty shops?

          • p says:

            There are more open stores than empty stores, right!

          • David Collins says:

            So then who/what is responsible for all of the open shops, which outnumber the empty ones by multiples?

            • Sammie@L says:

              How clever.

            • Cat says:

              In another thread here someone mentioned that there are over 30 shops still empty on the UWS, so why the snarky remarks? Someone asked a legitimate question. Amaryllis is being replaced by a coffee shop because the landlord refused to work out something with the owner (his parents were the original proprietors) and it was there for 29 years. I don’t know anything about the other shops. If not for the landlords then why did the other owners shut down their businesses?

    6. Bob says:

      you ever had you sum, dimmed, before?

    7. umnik says:

      Someone told me this location will have delivery. Any info on that?

    8. ron shapley says:

      The Upper West Side Jing Fong will be smaller than its its massive downtown location….That’s putting it mildly…

    9. RedRaleigh says:

      I’m surprised nobody has blamed diBlasio for this! (The neighborhood is changing!) Hehe..

      Can’t wait! This will be a perfect compliment to very successful Han Dynasty on 85th St.

    10. Bonnie says:

      So happy and looking forward to eating with all of my upper west side neighbors! And of course all other neighbors welcome too!

    11. jerry says:

      Thanks for the invite, Bonnie. When should I show up – and don’t worry, I won’t order the most expensive stuff on the menu.

    12. eorb says:

      sorry to hijack – anyone know when JG Melon is opening?

    13. Jessica says:

      No carts?! That’s what dim sum is all about. Couldn’t wait for this to open and now super bummed. Bring on the carts!!!

    14. 92nd Street says:

      Awesome. Love Dim Sum. A little competition for Shun Lee and Red Farm is sorely needed.

    15. Helene Eisenberg says:

      Hoping for congee, shrimp rice noodle and baby yu choy!

    16. Zanarkand says:

      Kinda bummed it won’t have the carts. I guess space reasons and dollar value per check reasons compared to rent up here they cant afford to do it with carts. But still excited to try.

    17. Bob Lamm says:

      The hours posted here don’t jibe with what I was just told when I went into the restaurant (Fri. July 14th at about 5:15 p.m.) I was told that they are opening on Monday (July 17th) at 4:00 p.m. That after that they will open at 11:00 a.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The guy who told me this was unequivocal.

    18. Lee says:

      We would like to eat there A.S.A.P.,wothout waiting on line. Two senior couples from Lincoln Towers who like to spread good news.
      Love to be invited at an early date.
      Good appetites to all.