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Mission Chinese

Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Address: 54 Orchard St.
Website: missionchinesefood.com

There is your neighborhood Chinese take-out joint, and then, in another realm entirely, there is Mission Chinese. By now, you've undoubtedly heard the whispers around town. They speak of Americanized Chinese food, waits upwards of an hour, and, inexplicably, free beer. From a keg. Danny Bowiens take on Chinese food (more inspired by the latter than interpreting it) is the stuff hype is made of. It is also, as it happens, really fucking good. Whimsically decorated, Mission's menu mirrors its decor. Big, exciting flavors dominate the menu, from thrice cooked bacon rife with Sichuan pepper and paired with soft Shanghai-style rice cakes, to tender Chongqing chicken wings fit only for heat-seeking masochists. Get your mouth here before your tastebuds revolt. -Shanté Cosme

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