Published November 26, 2013
Inside Mission Chinese’s New Taco Joint
Perhaps you’ve heard—Mission Cantina
is alive. It’s the appropriately divey LES corner
Mexican spot from Danny Bowien and the Mission Chinese crew. It’s going to be huge, so we decided to scope
out the situation, for you. Always for you.
Two hours at 7:08pm on a Saturday. Look for the Mexican-flag-painted column
outside, give them your name and number, and head back into the LES night.
A crucial part of your strategy. Golden Cadillac’s two blocks north,
Rochelle’s four blocks west. And, apropos of nothing, Arlene’s Grocery’s got live-band karaoke two
nights a week.
1:24. You’ll get a blocked-number call. Inevitably, you’ll be drinking and
miss it. Twelve minutes later, you’ll hustle over and say a silent, non-denominational prayer for mercy,
which’ll be granted.
A small cluster of simple two-tops topped with Fiestaware and lit by soft blue
neon. Populated by a hodgepodge of iron-willed date-nighters, food-blog enthusiasts and tall blonde girls
dressed entirely in black. Danny Bowien’s on the line helping with your lamb rack
, your chorizo-stuffed chicken and your tacos. Speaking of...
The taco situation:
You feel that? That’s the feeling of the wait melting away to the
flavor of al pastor and—get this—tacos of octopus braised with chicken wings. Worth it.
Try the Dirty Horchata
, a dangerous little
But we hear she’s got a heart of gold.
172 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002