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Mission Chinese Food
Chinese Restaurant$$
Today 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
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171 East Broadway New York, NY 10002, United States
171 East BroadwayUSNew YorkNew York10002
$$Chinese RestaurantToday 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:30 pm – 12:00 amWednesday 5:30 pm – 12:00 amThursday 5:30 pm – 12:00 amFriday 5:30 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 5:30 pm – 12:00 amSunday 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
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New York outpost of the San Francisco eatery serving fiery, innovative takes on Sichuan cuisine.- Google
"We ordered tiger vegetable salad, salt cod fried rice and thrice cooked bacon."
"King Pao Pastrami and MaPo Tofu are too standouts."
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Alexis Guerra
11 months ago
If you're a fan of Asian cuisine and love a little heat then Mission Chinese is a must! Tucked away in an inconspicuous location, this LES hotspot features fun and fiery dishes such as Kung Pao Pastrami and Thrice Cooked Bacon. The Mapo Tofu is not to be missed and the Cod Fried rice is a great find as well. Don't forget to try the Pina Coladas as well! And for those cult 'Twin Peaks' fanatics, be sure to check out the bathroom on the right. ;)
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Xavier P. Salgado
a year ago
Awesome Chinese restaurant in the Lower East Side. Be warned though, the wait is on average 1-1.5 hours even on the weeknights. The whole party must be present before you are seated. The notable dishes to get are Kung Pao Pastrami, Thrice Cooked Bacon, and Mapo Tofu. Other great ones to order are the Chongqing Chicken Wings (very spicy) and Salted Cod Fried Rice. Bring a group of friends here or a date and share as many dishes as you can. The level of heat in the food will vary, but you can ask your server to make it hotter if you dare.
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Joanna Solazzo
a year ago
Y. U. M. I went here when it still was THE restaurant to try of the moment. The wait was LONG, but the food was worth it. From the front of the restaurant, you wouldn't expect the cool, quirky dining garden area in the back. Delicious and definitely a must-try. And free beer from a keg while you wait!
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Fausto Palazzetti
a year ago
I decided to finally try out Mission. I've heard all about the hype so we came at lunchtime hoping we wouldn't have to brave a 2 hour line. We only had a 15 min wait, so it was all good. I'd also heard a lot about how hot the food was, so tried to be wary of that as well. I'm not sure if hipsters have sensitive taste buds, or if skinny jeans increases spiciness of food, but this food was not hot. Not even close - maybe they decided to go easy on the spice. I think on average Indian food or Sri Lankan food would be hotter. We had the salt cod fried rice, pig tails, thrice cooked bacon, and a noodle dish. Overall i was pretty impressed. I think the pig tails were my favorite, followed by the salt cod fried rice. The food might be just slightly on the salty side, but the flavors are sold and the combinations are inventive. I'm not sure I'd have felt the same way if I waited for 2 hours, but certainly happy about it consider I only waited 15 minutes. I'm planning on returning with friends so we can try out more dishes.
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Lori Luo
a year ago
While it was open, Mission was one of the few places I'd frequent with friends. Sure, they serve modernized,"hipster-ized" takes on traditional Sichuan dishes, but at the end of the day, it's the taste that matters. They've expanded options to include take out and delivery as well, although the best choice is to dine in. To date, I can recommend the fiery Chongqing Chicken Wings, the Ma Po Tofu, and the Thrice Cooked Bacon. All dishes are served with a healthy dose of Sichuan peppercorn and lean towards the saltier side, so make sure you have a glass of water handy.
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Christopher Westendorf
a year ago
* Revision * This place has gone hill lately while the main chefs have been distracted by the new mission cantina. During their absence eating down in mexico the restaurant was shut down due to rodent issues- twice. They haven't opened back up yet. First of all they have a twin peaks themed bathroom, they play urban music, the only drink they highlight is a shot deal on a bitter, a 2-8 deal on fernet branca, originally created as stomach ache medicine and now the shot of choice for bartenders looking for the unconventional taste. They have a comedic way of decorating with dollar posters of Michael Jordan and holograms of horses. I found all this to be great and inline with their unforgiving style towards convention. The freakin spicy items were full of bold and bright pockets of flavor that kept shifting with every chopstick shovel. By the end of the meal I felt like I had tasted everything to the nth degree: all the bitterness, all the sourness, the sweetness, and all the saltiness all adding up to an amazing umami sensation. I recommend this place if you are a foody, spicy things, or look for the unconventional tastes. Favorite items were: kung pao pastrami, thrice cooked bacon ( super intense flavors) we got the salted cod fried rice to help normalize our palate so we could dig back into the aforementioned freakin spicy items.
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Raffi Asdourian
a year ago
Bathed in neon red like a scene out of Only God Forgives, Mission Chinese Food is a hallucinatory experience of heightened flavors. It starts before you get to the food, when you walk past the takeout counter facade, past the kitchen and into the back room. Seating is cramped, so you'll be hearing other conversations and bumping elbows, but that's part of the fun. The food is like crack. Chinese food on steroids. Kung pao chicken? How about Kung pao pastrami! Thrice-cooked bacon with rice cakes, searingly hot spicy wings, divine chicken fried rice and killer coconut flavored tiki ribs send you into a feverish food dream. For cocktails, you can't get go wrong with their super tasty piña colada, but the whole drink list is playful and original. Nestled between bars and shops in the dense LES, you can spot Mission Chinese by the crowd of people outside waiting to get their fix. Bottom Line: Definitely worth the wait if you're in the mood for decadent Chinese with amped flavors and maximum spice.
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Keunrak Kang
a year ago
Great place for the unique and above average Chinese food. This place is similar to Xian famous food in that it is unique to the average American Chinese food most think about. I had the "Thrice cooked bacon" and while I dislike Cilantro with a strong passion this didn't seem to bother me. But it was a bit spicy, so to those that like kimchee, its a little spicier than that.

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