Ba Xuyen is our go-to spot in Sunset Park for a banh mi. They make 11 different kinds, most of which you’ll see in pictures behind the counter, but our favorite is the classic #1 with crispy bread, plenty of crispy vegetables, and pork in various forms (ham, paté, pork roll, etc.). Our second favorite is the #7 (the sardine variety), which pairs well with a durian shake. This is mostly a takeout spot, but there are a couple of tables in the cafe-like space.
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Westlight is the cocktail bar and restaurant on top of the William Vale hotel in Williamsburg.
Abe’s Pagoda is a big spot in Bushwick that looks like a cross between a tiki bar and a pirate ship. Stop by on a Saturday, and bring a group.
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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.
Falansai Vietnamese Kitchen
Falansai is a Vietnamese restaurant in Bushwick with a great patio and its very own koi pond.
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Nha Trang One
On a block of Vietnamese places on Baxter Street in Chinatown, Nha Trang is our favorite for pho.
A Park Slope Vietnamese restaurant with an incredible patio. This is not your usual banh mi shop.
Van Da is a Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village that’s perfect when you want to have cocktails and sample regional Vietnamese dishes.
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