Kung Fu Bing recently closed in Chinatown, but we’ve found the giant panda that guarded its door (or a sibling, anyway) in Corona, Queens, of all places. We haven’t been this happy since we were reunited with Spot, the hydrocephalic dog that moved from St. Marks to Mulberry Street!
The chopstick-wielding bear can be found outside of a “Taiwan hand pastry & bakery” called Panda 88 (at 102-23 Roosevelt Avenue), and though the counterperson there couldn’t tell us whether it came from Kung Fu Bing, we spotted some plastic cups with the KFB logo on them. Plus, the “Chinese tacos” depicted on the menu are the exact same “bing” that graced the picture menu there. Our guess is that this used to be (or was to be) a KFB, but because of financial or legal issues, it’s now Panda 88. But the panda (and the super-greasy pancakes stuffed with cut-rate deli meats) lives on.