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Panda Express and ‘Original Orange Chicken’ coming to 14th St. and First Ave.

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | It looks like Hane is going to have a little competition for the Asian restaurant market in the East Village / Stuyvesant Town area.

A troubled East Village corner that has been dark for a while is going to be enlivened by a new storefront. Panda Express is coming into the space at the southwest corner of 14th Street and First Avenue. Admittedly, it’s no Hane. Rather than a swanky sushi spot, it’s a self-described “fast-casual” Chinese restaurant.

But the down-and-out corner — formerly home to a bank, followed by a Verizon store — has been part of a sketchy scene at the intersection in recent years. On the other side of the street is the area’s infamous “thieves market” that no one can seem to clean up — at least not for long — despite residents’ pleas for some kind of enforcement.

As for Panda Express, its Web site describes its fare as “Chinese Flavors With American Tastes,” if that makes sense. The chain’s “all-time favorite” dish is “Original Orange Chicken.”

One Comment

  1. Jj Jj June 20, 2022

    Ya, the thieves market and the two down-and-outs lying on the pavement! Save Our City, please.

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