Chinese Tuxedo Restaurant

25 June 2019
The storefront of the Chinese Tuxedo restaurant on Doyer Street. It was published by the Rotograph Co. Courtesy of Joe
Covino, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection
位于宰也街的探花楼门面,由the Rotograph Co出版的明信片,Joe Covino捐赠,美国华人博物馆(MOCA)馆藏

The Chinese Tuxedo restaurant opened in 1897 at 2 Doyers Street in New York’s Chinatown. It opened at a time when serval other upscale Chinese restaurants were also popping up, all attempting to take advantage of the influx of non-Chinese tourism to Chinatown. The restaurant was decorated with elaborate chandeliers and tables with decorative patterns, chosen to appeal to visitors looking for an “exotic” experience. The restaurant was best known for its ornate eagle crowned balcony, which served as advertising that could be seen from the now defunct Third Avenue El train. The restaurant closed sometime in the mid- 1900s.


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