With a drink menu full of mezcal and cachaça, a massive sunset mural in a modern if not futuristic-looking space, and a TV over the bar playing ESPN, it might be tempting to assume District Saigon is doing to be too many different things. They’re not. They’re simply serving some of the best Vietnamese food in NYC. The short rib fried rice includes caramelized beef, juicy tomatoes, and chili-garlic sauce that all balance each other perfectly, much like the fatty brisket, bright cilantro, and sriracha-hoisin sauce in the steak phở. Order those, and the extremely tender lemongrass-chili dumplings with a Beer Lao, or a mezcal if that’s your thing.
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