Hop on your nearest express train -- an orange chicken shaped hole in your heart is about to be filled!
Panda Express opens in New York City Saturday, Nov. 21 after a 14-year hiatus in the five boroughs.
A family-owned business since its California founding in 1983, the Manhattan location of restaurant feels more like a neighborhood spot than yet another outpost of a massive chain. Photographs featuring scenes from Shanghai and Chinese proverbs line the slate grey walls and pseudo-rustic wooden tabletops and stools line the small dining room.
Likening the resurgence of the chain in NYC to Chick-fil-A's recent midtown opening -- which is franchised, not family-owned -- a spokesperson for Panda Express hopes the new locations give transplants a memorable taste of the fast food they grew up with.
Take a look around the new Manhattan restaurant!
Welcome to Panda Express at 1277 First Ave.
Family-style seating aims to emphasize the restaurant's family-owned identity.
But if you're not here to make friends, you're here to eat.
Want to hack the menu? Easy.
You can also add a spring roll for $2.
There are special New York only menu items!
And for vegetarians... Ma Po Tofu!
But you know you're really here for the orange chicken.