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While many people spent the past week celebrating the end and beginning of yet another year, for many other New Yorkers the Year of the Ox still isn’t quite over yet.
In Chinatown, New Yorkers are holding off on the new years celebration until February 1st, when the Chinese Lunar Year officially ends and the next year is inaugurated. New York is known in particular for hosting one of the biggest Lunar New Year parades in the country, and this year one of Chinatown’s best dim sum restaurants will be spending the new year opening their very first East Village Outpost.
Dim Sum Go Go is popular dim sum restaurant in the heart of Chinatown. Established in 2000 and located at the corner of East Broadway and Kimlau Square, Dim Sum Go Go has been described aby the Michelin Guide as “as good as the food you’ll find in those authentic places in far-flung Queens.” Highlighting favorite dishes like the sweet shrimp and and plump snow pea leaf dumplings, the Michelin Guide bestowed the restaurant a coveted Bib Gourmand.
Now, after over two decades of successful operation in Chinatown, Dim Sum Go Go is preparing for its first ever expansion. Moving into the space previously occupied by Punta Rojo, the new Dim Sum Go Go will be opening in the East Village at 221 First Avenue. Operated by Dim Sum Go Go president Ken Li, the new space will offer guests an inviting 1,600 square feet of space. Though mostly operating as a fast-service to-go restaurant, the space will offer enough seats for 15 guests to dine in at one time.
Open in 2019, Punto Rojo was known as a fairly-priced Columbian restaurant and bakery. Itself replacing the popular Senor Pollo, Punto Rojo was shut down in 2019 by the order of the commissioner of health and mental hygiene, who noted 86 points of violation upon inspection. Thankfully, Ken Li and the team behind Dim Sum Go Go are careful stewards of their restaurants and have never been found in violation of health codes. Look forward to Dim Sum Go Go arriving in the East Village in the next couple of months.