Cha siu bao enthusiasts can breathe a sigh of relief today. Mei Lai Wah, which was shuttered in April by the Department of Health, reopened today and all your favorites are back, untouched. The popular bakery has a bright, cleaner, more modern design, but all the old guys behind the counter have returned (albeit with new uniforms), and the pork buns remain as delicious as ever. And don't let the sign scare you; it may be spelled Mai Li Wah now (instead of Lai), but the pronounciation is the same.
Thankfully the prices have remained the same, and they've even added a few new items, like bubble tea. And if you go now, in the first few days of the grand opening, you'll get a 10% discount. We also noticed that, just like the Beijing Olympics and the new location of Hong Kong Supermarket (which also opened today), Mei Li Wah clearly chose to reopen on 8/8/08 for good luck. Let's hope that extra luck keeps the Department of Health away.
A gallery of before and after shots, after the jump.
Before and After
Mei Li Wah
64 Bayard Street, New York NY 10013 (nr. Mott; map)