Hsiang K brings an authentic Chinese karaoke experience to Newark | News

In the Park N Shop plaza on South Main Street, between a pizzeria and a laundromat, is Hsiang K, a Chinese karaoke experience. Each room is covered in neon lights, with enough space to dance around and belt out a song in front of an audience of friends while reading lyrics from a flat-screen TV.

Hsiang K owner Xipeng “Jason” Chen met his two co-owners, Haocheng Li and Hongjie Jin, while attending the University of Delaware. They realized that no karaoke bars similar to the ones they went to in China existed in the Newark area. Hsiang K means “missing home,” a reference to how the bar provides a taste of home to other international students. Jin is still a student, while the other two owners have graduated.

“When we’re hanging out back home, we go to a karaoke place, just like this,” Li said. “Only in China, it’s bigger.

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A Puzzling Set Of Facts

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — A bit of a mystery is going on regarding the possible return of The Cottage, a longtime popular Chinese restaurant that closed in spring 2020 on the Upper West Side.



a train is parked on the side of a building: An image of the original The Cottage restaurant storefront that still stands at 77th and Amsterdam.


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An image of the original The Cottage restaurant storefront that still stands at 77th and Amsterdam.

The Cottage opened in 1981 and became a Chinese food institution at its Upper West Side home at 77th and Amsterdam. However, feeling the full brunt of the coronavirus pandemic and not being able to work out a new lease with its landlord, the eatery closed the location permanently in April.

However, as first reported by ILoveTheUpperWestSide, a recently processed New York State Liquor Authority record from Tuesday lists that a liquor license approval is pending for “The Cottage Restaurant” at 2199 Broadway, which is at the corner of 78th Street.

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