If you’re looking to have a great solo meal or a casual date with someone who you don’t know well enough to share food with yet, come eat pho at Pho Bar. The menu has a few different beef broth variations that correspond to how long they’ve been cooking (8, 16, and 25 hours). Which explains the neon sign on the wall that says “crazy rich broth,” and the 25-hour soup is predictably rich and beefy. In the event that you and your date do want to split something, though, make it an order of lemongrass chicken wings to start - they’re messy and coated in a sweet chili sauce.
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Royal Seafood Restaurant
Royal Seafood is a big restaurant in Chinatown that’s great for dim sum. It’s a big room with lots of big round tables, and it gets busy at brunch.
Buddha Bodai is a kosher vegetarian spot in Chinatown. It’s useful for anyone who doesn’t eat meat, and it’s BYOB.
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Banh Mi Saigon Bakery
Banh Mi Saigon is a sandwich shop in the back of a jewelry store, and makes one of the best banh mis in Chinatown.
Saigon Social serves phenomenal Vietnamese food on the Lower East Side, and it’s one of our favorite new restaurants of 2020.
Di An Di
Di An Di is an excellent Vietnamese restaurant in Greenpoint. Go there for your next date night, group dinner, or solo meal at the bar. Just go there.
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Spicy Village is not a romantic date spot. Unless styrofoam dishware gets you all hot and bothered. Take your friends, bring a bottle of wine, and prepare to spend $10 a piece on some delicious Chinese grub.
Nha Trang One
On a block of Vietnamese places on Baxter Street in Chinatown, Nha Trang is our favorite for pho.
Golden Diner is a little spot in Two Bridges that serves modern diner classics. It’s worth planning lunch here a week in advance.
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