Pelham Palace, staple of downtown, serves Chinese and Japanese cuisine for 27 years


For the past 27 years, walking along Wolfs Lane, Pelham residents watched a variety of businesses open their doors, expand and then some close. Pelham Palace has been there through it all. Previously called General Tso’s under different ownership, Pelham Palace has been serving Chinese and Japanese cuisine to patrons since 1996.

With its the giant fish tank lining the wall and the wallpaper showcasing terracotta soldiers and other Chinese cultural icons, Pelham Palace is a unique establishment where many residents recall enjoying wonderful meals. The familiar staff and food keep customers coming back.

“We have a lot of supporters from Pelham,” said long-time manager Georgie Chin. “The Pelham people are very nice and great and give us a lot of support.”

One major change to the business as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic was the switch to takeout and delivery-only and the end of dine-in service. However, Pelham Palace was able to stay on its feet with that pivot and serve up meals throughout the lockdown, a devastating time for the restaurant business worldwide.

“During Covid, we had a lot of customers from the Bronx, Yonkers and New Rochelle,” said Chin. “Business picked up a little bit after Covid because we had supporters from all around.”

The menu has stayed consistent throughout the restaurant’s history, with popular favorites like lo mein, pork dumplings, fried rice and wonton soup. Even with the dining room closed, Pelham Palace still offers its daily lunch special and a fresh sushi bar.

The pandemic also brought a rise in prices.

“The prices increased a little bit because over the years, especially after Covid and everything, the prices all went up because we had to survive,” said Chin.