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Mission Chinese Food

Map & Directions 154 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
  • Asian, Chinese, Japanese
  • Daily 12pm-3pm, Daily 5:30pm-12am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Not Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

New Yorkers were thrilled when San Francisco transplant Mission Chinese Food appeared on the Lower East Side, slinging Oklahoma native Danny Bowien's take on Chinese food--which includes extensive mergings with other Asian cuisines. Nevertheless, some dishes read as Sichuan, including ma po tofu and chong qing chicken wings, which anesthetize the lips with ma la peppercorns. Cool the burn with a nifty version of chilled Japanese soba, which ramps up the traditional austere presentation with a very Southwestern (American, that is) green chile sauce. The chef is constantly tinkering with the menu, so who knows what you'll find when you drop by. The subterranean, pink-lit dining room is playful, but none too comfy. Go at lunch to avoid the crowds.

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  • Sean B. on 06/07/12

    The best bathroom in the city, free beer while you wait for your table, and mind-blowing food. What's not to like?

  • Time Out New York on 04/11/13

    NYers keep turning out in droves at this nondescript storefront, dabbing their sweat-beaded brows & fanning their overheated mouths for relief from chili-oil-soaked peanut noodles & peppered pickles.

  • naveen on 06/10/13

    a michelada, the thrice-cooked bacon, the chongqing chili chicken wings, the salt cod fried rice and, like, lots & lots of beer. use one napkin for your hands and the other for when your eyes tear up.

  • Jon S. on 07/13/12

    astoundingly, the vegan versions of the pork jowl and the thrice cooked bacon are amazing.

  • Village Voice on 11/26/12

    Incorporates regional Chinese, Japanese and American elements along with balls-to-the-wall spiciness in a semi-subterranean premise. Critics' choice for winner of Best of NYC, Best Chinese (Hipster)!

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