Mission Chinese has made its way to Bushwick. The hit LES Sichuan-ish restaurant from chef-owner Danny Bowien opened over the weekend at 599 Johnson Ave., between Gardner and Scott avenues.
Unique to this location is that the lighting in the dining room changes — with various neon colors enveloping the space. From the street, floor-to-ceiling windows show the restaurant glowing purple, pink, and green. The menu, which can be seen here, includes Mission Chinese favorites, like the super spicy Chongqing chicken wings, thrice-cooked bacon, and kung pao pastrami. It also has some different options, like a bacon and shrimp eggroll and sourdough naan with burnt buckwheat honey butter and sheep’s milk cheese.
The new location will be closed Monday, according to an Instagram post, but starting Tuesday, it will be serving ultra-tingly mapo tofu from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Delivery will soon be available as well.
Since coming to New York in 2012, Mission Chinese has been constantly packed for both the chef’s eclectic version of the spicy Chinese cuisine and distinct take on decor. Six years later, the outpost still draws a crowd. Bowien announced the plan for a second NYC Mission Chinese location last October. The area is still largely industrial, but it’s right next to venue Elsewhere and a block away from Bunker Vietnamese.
It comes following a year of controversies for the celebrity chef. Though his profile rose with a season of Mind of a Chef last year, Bowien’s faced lawsuits from an investor at shuttered Mission Cantina and from former staffers, who alleged racial discrimination and wage theft. The wage part of latter suit has been settled for under $13,000, according to court documents, while the rest of it was resolved out of court.
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