Chinese food is quintessential Christmas food for New Yorkers who aren't saddled with familial obligations that involve a dry turkey or spiral ham. Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese will be adding another venue for mapo tofu-seeking folks this Christmas with the launch of a dim sum and bagel brunch that's debuting on Christmas Day. The chef revealed some details to Metro, including the use of Black Seed Bagels for the carb component of the meal.

Beginning Christmas day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.—and continuing 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends after that—the restaurant will have two types of carts making the rounds in the dining room, one laden with bagels and accouterments, and the other with Bowien's vision of dim sum. "We're gonna have dim sum carts going around, but not with traditional dim sum," he explained. "It's gonna be Mission Chinese Food: little plates of mapo tofu, and scrambled egg and tapioca dumplings." As for the bagel component, expect a whitefish salad of sorts and some chopped liver.



Bowien's been busy innovating at the year-old East Broadway location, including hot cheese pizzas on the menu, so an off-kilter brunch program isn't a huge surprise. The restaurant will be closed today and Saturday for the holiday—and there are no reservations for Christmas brunch—but is absolutely worth the trip when its back to its regularly scheduled program.