Panda Gourmet

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Last Updated: May 2021

Current Status: The foodie haven in the Days Inn – just past Ivy City on New York Ave – just keeps going.  The food is Chinese with an emphasis on Sichuan and Shaanxi regional dishes.  The story is that the Chinese government housed the workers building the new embassy in the motel and the restaurant attached changed to meet the demand.  The embassy is long built, but the restaurant became a legend.  They are open for dine-in, take-out and delivery.

For the curious, the Chinese Embassy also plays a part in the story of another great source of Chinese cuisine in the area.


Cuisine: Chinese
Neighborhood: Ivy City(ish)
Address: 2700 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Reservations: Walk-in

Other Critics/Voices:

Washington Post: In 2017, Tim noted some inconsistencies after years of crushing, including a 2013 review that help the place take off.

Washingtonian: Frequent Cheap Eats: 2015, 2016, 2018, (and more probably)

Lori (Been There Eaten That): Short blurb

Rick: 2016 Best Chinese

WCP:  Feature piece