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Mission Cantina - Permanently Closed

3.8
3.8
59 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Permanently Closed - Whimsical Mexican cuisine inspired by our time spent in San Francisco and a whirlwind trip to Mexico City.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 9:00am - 11:30am Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

  • Phone number

    (212) 254-2233

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Danny Bowien

  • Catering

    Off-site catering is available - For all catering/special events, please email kristin@missionchinesefood.com

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross street

    Stanton Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    F train, 2nd Ave exit F, J, M, Z train: Delancey Street

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 59 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2016

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    I dont know what happened to the menu but it was bad. I have eaten here before a while ago and it was awesome, now it is bland and overpriced. only vegetarian/pescatarian options are bean burritos, bean tacos or bean nachos........
  2. T

    Thomas

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2016

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Really good mexican food and great margharita, BUT the burger is not worth a penny!!
  3. LB

    LBFoodie

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Loved the guacamole! The chicken tacos were great, but the portions were too small.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2016

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    They only had 3 different Mexican entree options, and by 8:30 on a Thursday they were already out of tacos? That didn't make any sense to me. The food wasn't bad, but ridiculously overpriced. I paid $19 for a burrito that was no better than anything I've ever had at Chipotle for half the price. Our waitress was nice but forgot 2 things that we asked for. She also never came back to our table to check in and see if there was anything else we needed.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2016

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Very overpriced. Never paying $18 for a veggie burrito again. Tiny menu
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2016

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    The menu online was totally different than in the restaurant. Everything is fried with a sauce and it's loud
  7. SA

    SamanthaA

    New York Area

    68 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I was excited to try Mission Cantina as I'd heard rave reviews. The food and service were great, but I felt it was over priced for what it was--another place fallen under the "we're cool" spell...
  8. DT

    DebT

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great place for a casual bite to eat with friends downtown. I had heard that this restaurant got crazy busy, so made a reservation. But given it was a Tuesday night, the place was fairly empty and there were a number of free tables when we showed up. We tried the burger, chicken burrito and chinese burrito - the latter was by far the winner! Great combination of flavours, with simple but tasty choices. Drinks menu was good also. Friendly servers, if not slightly inexperienced. Definitely recommend.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is great and it's such a fun place with friendly service
  10. JH

    JenH

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We were actually told but a couple of people not to go here but I'm glad we stuck to our guns! Very creative and very delicious!! I would go back in a heartbeat!!!
  11. G

    Ghiottone

    New York Area

    132 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The cuisine is a wild mix of Chinese and Mexican, very creatively done. I would avoid the burrito, but the wings and the ceviche were marvelous, and the whole vibe is crazy delightful.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall we liked our experience at Mission Cantina. It was disappointing to see many items from the online menu missing on the actual menu. Especially the dessert that we had looked forward to a lot.
  13. d

    dkmom

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had an array of food, but unfortunately they were sold out of some of the dishes we wanted to try. We had: - spicy mole chicken wings - wholy molly they are spicy but probably the best wings I ever had. Crunchy, juicy and just perfect - guacamoe - very nice - beef tartare served with shrimp chips. They were delicious and had a vietnamese flair to it - fish tacos - a bit too big a plate and the spicyness overpowered the fish flavor. Did not finish this dish - papaya salat - absolutely amazing. Very spicy -chow mein - a little disappointing as it was just homemade noodles in a curry. It tasted good but missed some vegetables or nuisances in flavor. The noodles were very nice but we had expected a more complex dish, especially given the other dishes We also had their draft beer which went really well with the food. Desert: matcha icecream which were finished. Our server was really friendly and went out of his way to make sure all guests were happy. Gotta try Mission Chinese Food now. My minus was that we sat outside because the noise level inside was too high for us (was ringing in my ears) and we wanted to be able to talk. Something from one of the uppper apartments was dripping so that was what ruined the ambience. Decor and style is very trendy yet comfortable. I wouldn't call the noise level energetic - just too loud. I find that more and more places just do not get noise design and they think they can drown bad acoustics with loud music. Just not comfortable.
  14. MZ

    MamaZ

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was fine, nothing special.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2016

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The food was not good at all. The rice in the burrito was dry. The tortilla was tough. It was almost inedible. Will not be going back ever again.
  16. S

    Sofia

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2016

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    I got my entrée, while my dining partner got hers 20 minutes later. Mine got cold. No apology or even acknowledgement from our waiter. Never returning.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    This place used to be a LOT better when it first opened. Both the food menu AND the drink menu were far more innovative and in line with what Danny was doing at Mission Chinese. Fast-forward a year or two, and all of the sudden they're sporting an overpriced menu for high trust fund kids. I mean, I'm not saying it wasn't tasty. The queso was great. The burger (topped with fermented green chiles, a unique and flavorful touch) was quite good. And the kung pao cauliflower was excellent. But the overall creativity of the menu has gone way downhill, and the price point has moved inversely. There are better things you can get for the money. And yes, that's including the offerings at Mission Chinese. I truly think Bowien should go back to the first menu concept (which included a grilled avocado with charred bread and a tortilla plate with fresh butter and white anchovies, both of which were transcendent), or just give up and try something new.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent and servers were very friendly and accommodating. However, we waited insanely long for one last dish (fish tacos) to come out. Everyone else had finished their food before the last person's tacos arrived. It was a bit a peeving, but the staff was apologetic and sweet, so it was easier to overlook that issue. Overall, great food and vibes.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The menu was an interesting fusion of Chinese and Latin/Mexican. The food was really good; everything else was fine except that our meal took an incredibly long time to arrive.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Green chili cheeseburger. Don't ask, just do it
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2016

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Unbelievably bad food. General Tso's chicken was inedible - greasy with a nasty flavor and piled on the plate in an unappealing mess, even the rice was not cooked fully and looked like they fished it out of the garbage. The avocado in the guacamole was unripe, unmixed and about the worst I've ever had, served with stale chips. The service was bizarre, my dinner came out twenty minutes after the rest of the table with no apologies. My friends said their burritos were ok, but definitely fast food grade. I had about three bites of mine and then had to give up in despair fearing for my health and eat somewhere else. This restaurant is kind of cute and trendy, but shouldn't be serving food.
  22. JC

    JonathanC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2016

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Mission Cantina's menu is constantly changing, however, on my last visit the menu had an eclectic mix of west coast style Mexican and reimagined Chinese-American favorites. Everything we ate was delicious. Our favorite dish of the night was the tomatillo fried rice. It's a perfect blend of salty and sour and the texture is supremely fluffy.
  23. L

    Londondiner

    London

    67 reviews

    3.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Habanero chicken and burger very tasty. Did not try the burrito but supposed to be one of the highlights.
  24. j

    jjhenne

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Burrito is amazing! Just wish it had more fried chicken in it.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2016

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Second time going to this restaurant. It's a bit cramped. Service can be a little hit or miss but the food is amazing. Try whatever the fusion dish is. This time it was a burrito with General Tso's chicken and other great stuff. It was amazing.
  26. AU

    AUchicago

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2016

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Not nearly as good Mission Chinese, which is delicious. Very mediocre, meat was tough, but the queso and margarita was good and the service was super nice.
  27. FS

    FrederickS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2016

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    I went here 6 months ago and had an awesome time. The menu was expansive and staff was there to make sure we had a good time, etc. I guess the place is taking itself "more seriously" and the menu had few options and when I asked for hot sauce the had to wait for the chef to "make some"!! It's hot sauce at a Mexican restaurant on the LES. Who are you trying to impress! Just have some delicious food in a fun atmosphere, that's all they have to do. I'm bummed but probably won't be in there again. It offers very little in my estimation but by all means give it a shot. Not terrible just NOTHING special. P.S. Never got hot sauce.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2016

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Be warned the menu currently on OpenTable is incorrect. I went with a date and expected oysters and fresh, light fare. Instead it is heavy Mexican and Chinese. Still really delicious, just not what I expected so I was a little taken aback.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berlin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2016

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Too noisy and the food was EXTREMELY salty (ordered the burger with fermented chilli). Guacamole was good though.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2016

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible. Dont go here. Overpriced for bad quality food. Had very high expectations for this place and none were fulfilled
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everything was great, except for the Michelada. The staff was friendly and efficient and the food was delicious. Would still recommend it, just don't get the Michelada!
  32. A

    Aoifed

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2016

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    I was looking forward to my meal here but I think we hit in on a bad night. We had to cancel our appetizer as my main arrived before it and my boyfriend's main arrived after I had finished mine. On the positive side the Paloma cocktail was great and we had the dessert - an interesting mix!
  33. L

    Laur

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed the experience, but I'll be saving it for once in a while. The food is all very inventive and the flavors are pretty intense, so it's not a frequent stop for me. But the drinks were excellent, all the food was good and interesting, and our server was fantastic.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2016

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Seating is a little tight but it's NYC so what can you do, other than that it was awesome, Mary our waitress was great.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2016

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Meh food - literally nothing special. Terrible service in a nearly empty restaurant.
  36. j

    jbbb

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2015

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    The food was great, the service was very good, but the crowd and noise levels were a big issue.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2015

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Though the food was delicious I left feeling that it was overpriced. I was most excited about the wings which I have heard excellent things about but felt they was very little meat and again overpriced for what I received. The drink was creative but for beer and some type of bloody mary mix it felt it was again overpriced for what I got. I ambiance was great and service was excellent. I would recommend but inform that person to expect to pay for overpriced Mexican food.
  38. F

    Franny

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2015

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    thought the restaurant would be more upscale . it was really like a bar with a few tables. was disappointed that the menu was so limited. however, the food was tasty and reasonable and the service good. but it was really just a place for a quick bite not a real restaurant
  39. J

    Jeffrey61

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Love the food and great Margaritas. Unique nachos were excellent. if one criticism the rendered fat attached to the beef fajitas type dish was unnecessary. Lean beef is always preferred. Great tasty dishes and unique flavors.
  40. CC

    CindyC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2015

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Burrito is good but the service is slow and music is quite loud in the restaurant and make the talking difficult.

FAQs

Mission Cantina - Permanently Closed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 254-2233.

Mission Cantina - Permanently Closed is rated 3.8 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Stanton Street

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 9:00am - 11:30am Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    F train, 2nd Ave exit F, J, M, Z train: Delancey Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Danny Bowien

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 254-2233

  • Catering

    Off-site catering is available - For all catering/special events, please email kristin@missionchinesefood.com

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