Mission Chinese bowed last night in the former Rhong Tiam space, and a walk-by revealed that, not surprisingly, the place was hopping. Not only does the spot have a cool hidden feel (check out our slideshow for photos of the takeout-shop entrance with dining room in back, down a long hall), but the fiery-tingly menu hits notes New Yorkers love. That classic, Chonqing chicken, is served here as wings, with nuggets of fried tripe accompanying; spring peas are stir-fried with chile and the surprise addition of pickled ramps; and red-oil dumplings are filled with lamb rather than beef or pork. But don't take our word for it scope the menu and pics below.
Mission Chinese Food, 154 Orchard St., nr. Rivington St.