This is not a drill: Mission Chinese Food pops up at Frankies 457 Spuntino tonight

Danny Bowien’s spitfire Szechuan hit is back for one night only at the Brooklyn trattoria

Mission Chinese Food

Mission Chinese Food Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Sometimes there are bad surprises—last night’s mid-April snow showers come to mind. This is not one of them: This morning, Mission Cantina mastermind Danny Bowien announced via Twitter that Mission Chinese Food would be having a one-night stand tonight at Frankies 457 Spuntino in Carroll Gardens.

To cure our withdrawal symptoms after the November shuttering of his Orchard Street hot spot—which Bowien also announced would not be reopening at the same address—the celebutoque will be dishing out Mission Chinese greatest hits like “very spicy and numbing” chicken wings, mapo tofu, salt-cod fried rice and, of course, that gonzo kung pao pastrami, as well as fusion bites like Tennessee-bacon rice cakes.

Dinner service begins at 5pm and it’s first-come, first-served, so it’s safe to say the madness outside Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli’s joint will start hours earlier. The handwritten menu says “no substitutions please,” but seriously—who’d ask for substitutions after this painful six-month separation?

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)

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