The wildly popular San Francisco restaurant Mission Chinese Food that serves "Americanized Oriental Food" (from chef Danny Bowien and partner Anthony Myint) is going to open a branch in New York City. Since two makes it a trend — January saw the opening of a NYC branch of Portland's Pok Pok called Pok Pok Wing — it's safe to call it: 2012 is the year of the hipster west coast invasion of New York City.
Mission Chinese Food was a project originally born from the food truck/pop-up restaurant Mission Street Food (see Eater's Behind the Cookbook series on their cookbook from the McSweeney's imprint). And the restaurant ended up getting attention from the likes of Anthony Bourdain (featured on The Layover), Bon Appetit's restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton (who called it one of the best new restaurants in 2011), a "So Hot Right Now" Eater Award, and an appearance on the Martha Stewart Show. They already have a space in the Lower East Side in Manhattan and, according to the New York Times, are looking at a Spring opening.