Mission Chinese Is Opening a Bushwick Location - Eater NY

Huge news for Bushwick: The neighborhood is getting a location of Mission Chinese, the eclectic Lower East Side Sichuan-inspired restaurant from chef Danny Bowien and executive chef Angela Dimayuga.

Bowien announced the news on Thursday night at a Times Talk with writer Kim Severson and Anthony Bourdain, where the topic was Bourdain’s new documentary about food waste called Wasted!. The film looks at how chefs, including Bowien, handle waste.

During the question and answer session, Severson goes off topic and says that Bowien will be opening a new Mission Chinese in Bushwick. The chef confirmed that he found on Thursday that it would be happening. He did not offer further details about where the restaurant might be located or what it might be like. Eater has reached out to the MCF team for more information.

Update: Grub Street points to an Instagram post from nonprofit publisher 8-Ball Community Inc. that says Mission Chinese will open at a 599 Johnson Avenue, between Scott Avenue and Gardner Avenue, in March 2018. It’s still a fairly industrial area of East Williamsburg/Bushwick, but that’s clearly changing quickly. The new outpost will be just one block away from the new location of Bunker Vietnamese, which opened earlier this year.

Since Mission Chinese first opened in New York in 2012, it’s been a hit — drawing spice chasers for Bowien’s idiosyncratic take on Chinese fare with dishes like kung pao pastrami. The restaurant moved to its current, two-story location at 171 East Broadway in 2014 after the original Orchard Street one became plagued with rats.

Its current iteration remains one of the most consistently packed restaurants in New York. Details are still slim on what the new restaurant might be like, but considering Bowien’s knack for experimentation at new restaurants (see: the shuttered Mission Cantina), it wouldn’t be a surprise if the new outpost offered a few twists from the original.

Artichoke Pizza Bringing Sicilian Slices to Closed Northeast Kingdom Spot

BUSHWICK — A pair of Sicilian cousins known for their intensely creamy artichoke pizza are bringing their signature pies to the neighborhood, once a beacon for Sicilian immigrants a century ago.

Artichoke Basille's Pizza, with seven other shops in spots in the East Village, the West Village and Park Slope among others, will open its eighth location, taking over the space where the restaurant Northeast Kingdom once dished out its farm-to-table specialties.

"We love the neighborhood. We love the diversity, the energy, the art work," said co-owner Francis Garcia said. "We're really excited to be a part of it."

Garcia, like many a New Yorker, was saddened to hear that the owners of Northeast Kingdom had decided to call it quits.

"I gotta say, it was probably the best hamburger I had in my life," he admitted, but he heard about the vacant restaurant through a friend, and jumped on the opportunity. 

Once it opens, Artichoke Basille's Pizza will bring the area a relaxed vibe, a $4 slice, and a downstairs lounge area for those seeking table service or pitchers of cocktails, Garcia said.

"Come in, eat a slice, get a beer, stay all night or stay and just eat a slice," he said.

In researching Bushwick's pizza scene, Garcia chowed down on slices from Roberta's(though he'd been before) and Union Pizza Works and Houdini Kitchen Laboratory in nearby Ridgewood, though he was particularly impressed by Tony's, the decades-old pizzeria on Knickerbocker Avenue.

"It's awesome. It's a great New York City slice," he said.

However, Garcia said he wasn't worried the two business would be vying for the same clients.

"We make a different style of pizza," he said, adding that Artichoke's pies are more well done than Tony's pies. "We use four different cheeses, the artichoke pizza is totally different, it's just different."

"Drunk food, sober food — people travel from over to get it."

Artichoke Basille's is slated to open in late September to early October at 18 Wyckoff Ave. in Bushwick.