America’s fast-casual restaurant chain Panda Express is set to open a new location in New York, which will mark its 2,000th outlet worldwide.

Located in Manhattan, the new restaurant will officially open on 7 December to introduce its American Chinese cuisine for the residents of Morningside Heights, home to Columbia University.

Panda Express co-founder and CEO Andrew Cherng said: “The opening of our 2,000th location is especially exciting for us because the milestone reflects the evolution of the brand over the last 35 years, as well as the success stories of the hard-working people who have made our growth possible.

“We are fortunate for the opportunity to share our family values and beloved American Chinese menu through our 2,000 restaurants around the globe, and we look forward to celebrating even more moments of optimism through our cuisine on the East Coast and beyond.”

Spread over 1,500ft2 space, the restaurant can accommodate 38 guests and will offer Original Orange Chicken, SweetFire Chicken Breast, Honey Walnut Shrimp and many more items.

To mark its 2,000th opening, the restaurant is offering gifts to its first 2,000 guests on the inaugural day.

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As part of its east coast expansion in 2015, the chain has opened five more outlets in New York with an upcoming opening in the later part of the year. It has opened 55 new locations in the east of Mississippi in 2017 with 20 more to come up on the east coast, later this year.

Founded in 1983, Panda Express operates locations throughout the US, Puerto Rico, Guam, Guatemala, Canada, Mexico, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Korea.