The Eight-Day Week
It’s been Mission: Impossible for Lower East Side hotspot Mission Chinese Food.
Bowery Boogie recently discovered a notice taped to the window of Danny Bowien’s Orchard Street restaurant, announcing that the restaurant would be closed indefinitely:
Dear Patrons and neighbors,
We regret to inform you that we will be closed until further Read More
Already a sensation in San Francisco, a city where locals worship at farmer’s markets and pray to the image of chef Alice Waters, Mission Chinese Food has become the most chic spot in New York among glamourati with last names like Mortimer, Phipps and Santo Domingo. We suggest the kung pao pastrami with peanuts and Read More
The first thing you notice is The Keg. Unless you serve on the party planning committee of a Columbia U. frat house, or work behind a bar, kegs aren’t something you see a lot of in New York City, let alone at the front of a restaurant on the eve of its debut.
The beer barrel is a fixture of Mission Chinese Food, the San Francisco transplant tucked into an inconspicuous storefront on Orchard Street. The restaurant is disguised as an average neighborhood Chinese joint, complete with a neon menu board and photographs of dishes in the window. False modesty is nothing new in the local food scene. A kegger is.