Shang-Chai Closing on New Years Day 2013; to be renamed “Shang-Meis”

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Shang-Chai, the 4 decades-old, famous, kosher Chinese restaurant on Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn, will be closing its door this week (1/1/13) due to “renovations” (according to thejfile.com). “A bank is likely to open in the location” in place of the restaurant according to the maître d’ of ShangChai.

Shang-Chai was one of those places that was consistent. The service wasn’t the best, but the food was always flavorful. No place in Brooklyn, especially the non-Chinese restaurants with Chinese menus (I’m looking at you Chap A Nosh, Kosher Delight, Essex on Coney, etc.) had better Chinese food.

It’s a place that many of us who grew up in Brooklyn remember for the birthday parties, Sheva Brachot, and family dinners.

There’s a sense of nostalgia from all corners of the Brooklyn Jewish community (whether you considered it kosher or not!) for Shang-Chai. It will sorely be missed.

H/T to TYW user ‘DaasYochid’ for “Shang-Meis”

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  • LilMissCakes

    I’ve never been there but I can imagine how nostalgic a place like this can be. It’s a sad day!

  • http://twitter.com/thekosherspoon Sina

    So sad. I’ve never been there but it sounds like Shang hai in LA

  • http://www.ronniefein.com/ Ronnie Fein

    I’ve never been there but fondly remember the one from my old neighborhood, also closed. Sadly the end of an era, like so many delis also.

  • http://www.confident-cook.com/ Hindy Garfinkel

    When I first moved to NY from the Midwest, while I was in college, I remember visiting this restaurant with some friends. I loved this place. It was so neat to be able to go to a kosher chinese restaurant!

  • http://www.thisamericanbite.com/ This American Bite

    I’ve only been to a handful of Chinese places on the East Coast, Glatt Wok and the place in Boston are the most memorable.

  • http://www.rjhsolutions.ca Rafi Hecht

    I will now take the opportunity to share with the readers my favourite Jewish Chinese food joke:

    A Jewish man mentioned to a Chinese fellow what a wise and venerable people the Chinese are.

    “Yes,” replied the Chinese man, “Our culture is over 4,000 years old.”

    The Jewish man replied, “We Jews are a very wise and ancient people, too. Our culture is over 5,000 years old.”

    The Chinese man was incredulous, “That’s impossible, he replied. Where did your people eat for a thousand years?”

    We will all miss you, Shang Chai (http://bit.ly/SEt1kC).