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Best Chinese (Hipster) New York 2012 - Mission Chinese

Mission Chinese

Mission Chinese

154 Orchard St.

New York, NY 10002

212-529-8800

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The hands-down hit of the season this past summer was Mission Chinese, a San Francisco transplant helmed by a Korean-American who grew up in Oklahoma. As if that's not random enough, the menu wildly incorporates regional Chinese, Japanese, and American elements. But even more important than the fusion lessons we all enjoyed was the level of spiciness, which was totally balls-to-the-wall, and the semi-subterranean premises saw herds of hipsters who'd barely touched chiles before slurping down mouthfuls that contained chile oil, dried chiles, green chiles, and Sichuan peppercorns, often in the same bite. 154 Orchard Street, 212-529-8800, missionchinesefood.com/ny (10002)

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