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Empellon, Mission Chinese Best New Spots of 2012: Review

By late October, New York was on track to have its most impressive year for new restaurants since the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers and the ongoing recession ravaged our city’s economy.

Then Hurricane Sandy came along and ravaged us again. Diners and chefs fought back with credit cards, charity diners and hashtags, acting out of duty -- and fear of going under.