Today GQ magazine's restaurant judger Alan Richman and his fellow editors have named the Ten Best New Restaurants of 2011, and Mission Chinese Food makes the list. In the past year, Mission Chinese Food has been showered with national media love: from Bon Appetit's Andrew Knowlton, The Eater Awards, Martha Stewart, and some guy on The Travel Channel named Anthony Bourdain. [It was too noisy for Michael Bauer, who gave them his go-to two star rating.]
Richman describes the cusine as "mostly Chinese, somewhat American, occasionally spicy, a bit unorthodox, absolutely brilliant." His favorite dish is the egg custard with uni and trout roe. The GQ accolade comes at a fortuitous moment—just days after the restaurant announced its plans to open a branch in New York. Considering Mission Chinese Food got started with "four burners and one shitty oven that doesn't work" the semi-cursed awkward space they picked on the hipsteriffic Lower East Side sounds like a good fit.
· The Ten Best New Restaurants in America [GQ]
· GQ's Alan Richman Names His Ten Best New Restaurants [Eater National]
· All Mission Chinese Food Coverage [~ ESF ~]