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The Power Parents Behind Mission Chinese

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Maria Del Rio

There’s just something about a woman who describes her home’s aesthetic as “Amazon.com chic” that makes us fall in love with her instantly. Which is precisely what happened when we met new mama Youngmi Mayer, the woman behind the man behind New York’s new hotspots, Mission Chinese and Mission Cantina. Just a couple of years ago, the pair decamped from San Francisco, where Mission Chinese was born and has become a culinary destination for both hipsters and Martha Stewart alike. Before having baby Mino just three months ago, the couple had settled into a studio in Little Italy and the city’s competitive food scene seemingly effortlessly, being anointed Best New Restaurant of 2012 by The New York Times, among other accolades. And while Mayer’s past includes stints as the first server at Mission Chinese and a food writer, she’s now taking on her most prized role to date, a role that she was surprised to find out she’d like so much! Read about that, plus take a peek inside the couple’s downtown studio, right here!

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