Is there a restaurant in Manhattan that’s more fun than Mission Chinese? Please tell us if you find one. Dinner here always feels like a party, and that’s even if you don’t order the prime rib drenched in butter with a side of crab legs, that gets rolled out on a huge silver cart. Other things they serve here: a full wooden tray of uni, the spiciest chicken wings around, and a General Tso’s flavored Old Fashioned. As we said: party.
Since they charge $7 for bread, they give you dumplings instead. Oh sh*t, that rhymed. Food Rundown off to a great start.
A big new addition is a massive raw bar section, which has your typical selection of oysters and crab legs, along with some other things you see less often, like a tray of sea urchin served with squid ink and spicy anchovies.
These dry hot wings are excellent and should be on your table. You’ll want to stop eating them because pain, but you won’t be able to.
One of the fan favorites. This needs to be on your table. Salty cod sits inside a pile of soft rice. You’ll be eating from this the entire evening.
One of the dishes that put Mission Chinese on the map. Proceed with caution, as this is one of the spicier dishes on the menu. A beautiful mess of thick, crispy pork belly nuggets in a bowl of rice cakes, tofu skin, bitter melon, and chili oil.
Crunchy pastrami with peanuts, celery, potato, and Tianjin chili. A must order.
A respite from the spicy, these noodles are topped with green tea matcha powder and hoisin sauce. The sweetness is a welcome break for your mouth, which is almost certainly numb by this point.
A favorite of many OG Mission Chinese fiends. These beans are tasty, and really, really spicy.
One of the most ridiculous things one can order at Mission Chinese. A massive cart is rolled out to the table with a huge slab of meat on it. Melted butter is then poured all over everything, and crab legs are stacked on top. It’s delicious, but good luck surviving it.
We’ve eaten a lot of large format chicken dinners, and this is absolutely one of the best. A full chicken is stuffed with stuffing like a Thanksgiving turkey, only this stuffing has sausage, raisins, soft-cooked eggs, and cheese in it. It’s rich and somewhat absurd and you want it.