88 Lan Zhou Will Be Open at Least a Little Bit Longer

88 Lan Zhou during its previous temporary closure at the height of the pandemic.

88 Lan Zhou during its previous temporary closure at the height of the pandemic.

If you’re a fan of 88 Lan Zhou, as we are, you have at least a small reprieve.

The Fujianese-style hand-pulled noodle and dumpling spot previously announced it would be closing for good at 40 Bowery. But people have apparently been flocking to the restaurant to stock up those bags of frozen dumplings (50 for $12), leading to an uptick in business. This week, the owners posted some encouraging words on Instagram: “We have some good news to share! With the support and love shown by all of you, we’ve decided to extend our closing date. We’ve consulted with our landlord, and will notify you of any updates.”

Originally, the restaurant had planned to close for good on August 15. Lan Zhou has had its ups and downs over the years. The owners were forced from another space, a tiny spot on East Broadway, in 2017 but they eventually resurfaced on the Bowery.

Lan Zhou’s Triumphant Return Should Happen by Mid-October

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Many tears were shed in August (including our own) when Lan Zhou, the great dumpling and hand-pulled noodle shop closed at 144 East Broadway. You can wipe those tears away, though. We have more details about Lan Zhou’s resurgence a few blocks to the west of the original location.

Eater spoke with Mindy Xie, whose uncle owns the restaurant. She said the space at 40 Bowery should be ready to go by mid-October. If you’ve walked past 40 Bowery, between Bayard and Canal streets, you’ve seen the signage. The familiar yellow and red billboard has arrived with a handwritten message in the window promising an October opening.

The Bowery space is a lot bigger than the East Broadway hole-in-the-wall, which means there will be room for about 40 customers. There will also likely be beer and wine. According to Community Board 3’s just-released meeting agendas, Lan Zhou will go before the liquor licensing panel Oct. 23.

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There’s no English sign and you can’t expect a warm welcome, but these hand pulled noodle soups and (very thin-skinned) dumplings are some of the best in the neighborhood. A bag of 50 frozen dumplings will set you back 8 bucks.

144 East Broadway, near Essex

(212) 566-6933