154 Orchard Street, New York
Phone: (212) 529-8800; web
Status: Opening Tonight at 5 p.m.
After a weekend of serving friends, family, and those lucky enough to snag a taste, the long anticipated West Coast import Mission Chinese Food, finally opens its doors at 5 p.m. on Orchard Street. Danny Bowien brings his hugely hot concept to a tiny space which attempts to channel a hole-in-the-wall old Chinese restaurant feel, as the one in San Francisco does naturally. Check out this photo a tipster sent in of Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks which hangs in the bathroom. Now available online are the full food and drink menus.
The Lower East Side space will only accept reservations for the 12-seat bar, with the rest of the restaurant being first come first serve. Beer and wine goes for between $5 - $7, and most dishes run between $4 - $13. As with the original, 75 cents of each dish will be donated to charity, the New York location giving to the Food Bank of New York City. Mission Chinese Food NY will open this Thursday for lunch from 11:30-3:30 p.m., and will be open for dinner Sunday-Thursday 5p.m.-midnight, and 5 p.m.-2 a.m on Friday and Saturdays. Like its San Francisco counterpart, the space will also be closed on Wednesdays each week. With all the hype, the small space will most likely be jam-packed this evening, with long waits to be expected.
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