Computer Love: The Year of Awesome Twitter Endorsements for Mission Chinese Food

Has any restaurant ever inspired as much social-media gushing as Danny Bowien's raucous Chinese spot?

  • Photo: Liz Barclay
  • Endorsement #1: David Chang, Momofuku empire builder
  • Endorsement #2: Andrew Zimmern , host of Bizarre Foods
  • Endorsement #3: Anthony Bourdain, host of No Reservations
  • Endorsement #4: Questlove of the Roots (
  • Endorsement #5: Sam Sifton, former New York Times restaurant critic
  • Endorsement #6: Gail Simmons, Top Chef judge
  • Endorsement #7: Rick Bayless, celebrity chef
  • Endorsement #8: Frank Castronovo, co-owner and chef of Prime Meats
  • Endorsement #9: Frank Bruni, former New York Times restaurant critic
  • Endorsement #10: Gabriella Gershenson, senior editor at Saveur
  • Endorsement #11: Kate Krader, Food & Wine restaurant editor
  • Endorsement #12: Tom Colicchio, celebrity chef
  • Endorsement #13: Charlie Rose in the cut (no tweet from the PBS legend, but it looks like he's enjoying himself)
  • Endorsement #14: Ivan Orkin, ramen master
  • Endorsement #15: Geoffrey Rickly, lead singer of Thursday
  • Endorsement #16: Jessica Alba, Hollywood actress
  • Endorsement #17: Pervaiz Shallwani, journalist and co-host of the NY Chow Report
  • Endorsement #18: Erin Phraner, associate food editor at Good Housekeeping
  • Endorsement #19: Eric Ripert, celebrity chef
  • Endorsement #20: Will Guidara, GM at the Nomad

It’s been one helluva year for Danny Bowien. Besides being named one of GQ’s Men of the Year and appearing in the pages of Playboy, the young chef’s first New York outpost—a followup to the wildly popular Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco—has been the year’s most talked-about restaurants. Sure, profiles were scribed and the place found its way onto just about every food writer’s “best of 2012″ list, but what stands out most is unprecedented Twitter love: It feels like no restaurant in the age of social media has ever inspired so much public adoration.

This isn’t #menswear, but if it were, you might say that The Influencers—from chefs like David Chang and Rick Bayless, to celebrity gourmands like Questlove and Andrew Zimmern—have conspired to make Mission one of the hottest restaurants in the universe. For those who follow the food world, 2012 was the year of giddy, Szechuan peppercorn–fueled tweets and Instagrams washed in that unmistakable red glow of Mission’s dining room. And in many ways, it’s these off-the-cuff endorsements that speak to the infectious spirit of the place better than any review or profile ever could.

Click through the above gallery to see critics, chefs, and celebrities tweet about their unbridled love for Mission Chinese Food.

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