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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

New York was pretty lacking with good pho until this year when it seemed like a new Vietnamese spot opened every week. Probably the most well-received was the meaty version at this slightly upscale restaurant in the East Village. The broth is cooked for 16 hours and you can taste it in the rich beefy flavor. The rice noodles are just a supporting player to the filet, brisket, and the healing soup. Price: $14

HANOI HOUSE
119 St. Marks Place (between First Avenue and Avenue A)
East Village
(212) 995-5010
hanoihousenyc.com

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

It doesn’t seem like there has been much innovation in the local Vietnamese food scene. I think our options haven been so limited for so long that when modern Vietnamese restaurants open, the most innovative thing to do is to go back to tradition. Places like Bun-ker and Hanoi House have recently opened (or re-opened) and for the most part, they focus on authenticity which is very exciting and mostly new for New York Vietnamese standards.

Lucy’s Vietnamese Kitchen also focuses on tradition, but there are a few flourishes that make it very exciting and dare I say, totally innovative.

This tiny storefront (only one small communal table) sits in a still-changing area of Bushwick. It’s named for the grandmother of the young American-Vietnamese chef who grew up in the neighborhood.

You might recognize the Vietnamese staples like banh mi and pho, but there a few differences to what you might expect. (more…)


Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

NAM NAM, 109 Montrose Avenue (between Leonard Street and Manhattan Avenue), Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Nam Nam in Williamsburg doesn’t really feel like a restaurant. There is pretty much zero atmosphere, unless you count the bare bones kitchen with some makeshift places to sit. It’s a total dive. But if food is the most important thing, then it is worth ignoring the lack of comfort and just eating the Vietnamese food here.

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Banh Mi Dac Biet at SAU VOI CORPWho’d think a nondescript Asian CD store would also be selling some of the best Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches in Chinatown? The “number one” is the classic crusty baguette bread overloaded with salty ham, rich paté, and slices of chewy pig’s ear. It’s brightened with the usual cilantro, cucumbers, and pickled carrots. Price: $4

SAU VOI CORP
101 Lafayette Street, #3
(at Walker Street),
Chinatown
(212) 226-8184

IMG_0952A classic Vietnamese dish taken to the next level way out in Queens. Flounder strips are dusted with turmeric and spices, fried until crisp and placed on a bed of vermicelli, dill and garnished with peanuts. Price: $17

BÚN-KER VIETNAMESE
46-63 Metropolita Avenue (between Woodward Avenue and Onderdonk Avenue,
Ridgewood, Queens
(718) 386-4282
bunkervietnamese.com

Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

Plenty of the carts and trucks I’ve already featured on this video series are used to the press and the attention. There is no shortage of writing and documentation of the food truck businesses. But the very non-descript Banh Mi Cart in the Financial District isn’t very well-known outside of the many regulars who order their overstuffed sandwiches every day.


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