For those Mah Jongg playing people living in New York, we know Monday is a day to join Mah Jongg teacher extraordinaire Linda Feinstein at her weekly Manhattan Mah Jongg Club event. For years she has held court in Sam’s restaurant on 1st Avenue every Monday over literally dozens and dozens of tables of four who quickly devour a delicious buffet lunch and then get down to the business of serious Mah Jongg games. Around 2:15 or so, snacks are put down on the counter and the players stretch their legs, get a fresh cuppa, a piece of licorice and then quickly return to their game table. A New York tradition in the making…

And then, just before Christmas, we received an email from Linda that Sam had decided to close his restaurant and that would be the end of our Monday Mah Jongg madness.

But if you know Linda then you know that this wasn’t going to get her down. She is tenacious and focused, among her many other wonderful character traits. And so, not surprisingly, we received another email from Linda just a few moments ago – a new venue has been secured and the tradition continues!

Congratulations, Linda!

Here’s the new information: Grata Restaurant located at 1076 First Avenue (between 58th and 59th)   212.842.0007

If you happen to be in New York and feel the urge to join in a great Mah Jongg game (Mondays from 11:45 am to 3:45 pm) with some really friendly people, send Linda an email no later than each Thursday to be a part of the coming week’s Monday fun. All levels of play are welcome!