Today we gathered to celebrate, and not mourn, the closing of the Palace of Wong in Rockville Centre, NY. One of the last bastions of pure Cantonese cuisine on Long Island, after nearly half a century, 48 years to be exact, the Palace of Wong served their last diners last night night. Today, they opened their doors to the patrons who adored this restaurant for generations. The love for the Wong Family, and their love of the customers and friends was evident by the tears that were free flowing to the exchange of thanks and hugs between all who made many memories here through the years.
The Palace of Wong opened in 1967 by current owner and Manager, David Wong’s father and has maintained their loyal following throughout the years. The time, they said, had come to step back, and though they will miss their restaurant and their friends, it was, as they said, time to move forward and embrace retirement.
The Chinese Quest had the pleasure of dining at the Palace of Wong this past Chinese New Year’s. And it was crystal clear to us why this Chinese restaurant stayed, nay thrived” all these years.
Some of the many comments that were posted on the Palace of Wong’s Facebook page:
The Weeks Family will miss your amazing food. When my mother passed away you sent us food which helped me so much feed a ton of family. Your father ushered the 8:30 service at church with my grandpa and you now use her with my father Carl. Please don’t stop your ushering we all live seeing you at church. And for the next chapter in your life enjoy retirement David you have earned it.
So very sad to hear this. Best steamed dumplings, pupu platters, shrimp toast, ribs, hot and sour & wonton soups, sweet and pungent chicken, double delight and Shanghai shrimp… and last but not least dessert and fortune cookies.. Yum!! Thanks for the memories.. Wishing you all the best Dave!! We will miss you and your wait staff.. Genuine gentlemen.
Wow! We are devastated. There isn’t a restaurant that can ever take its place. The best food, the best management (David), the best waiters, and the best ambiance. This is young to leave a huge rear in the fabric of our lives. No more Sunday nights at the Palace! …. very sad!
Goodbye to the Palace of Wong, the Wong Family, the staff, and memories. You may be leaving. But, you’ll never be forgotten.
If you have memories of the Palace of Wong, please share them in the comments below.
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)