There are only a few pure things to come out of the pandemic. One of them is that more of your friends now have pets that you can (one day) snuggle, and another is that there are a ton of incredible, independent restaurant initiatives operating exclusively over Instagram. This explains why I recently found myself DMing an accountant on the Upper East Side named Michael Nguyen who runs Vietnamese delivery project, Gá đi bộ (which translates to “walking chicken” in Vietnamese). After cooking comforting some of his favorite Vietnamese dishes for friends during the beginning months of the pandemic, Mike decided to offer his food to a wider audience over Instagram for bi-monthly delivery drops on weekends.
Gá đi bộ’s neatly-packaged cỏm gà comes with juicy chicken that’s been pulled with the skin on, crunchy-fresh onions, fried shallots, a bunch of fish sauce, chiles, and fresh herbs. Mixing it all together at home is as satisfying as someone throwing you a dinner party - only you don’t have to put on real pants or leave your apartment. You can join the waitlist for cỏm gà and other specials by DMing Gá đi bộ account - they deliver to every borough except for Staten Island.