Vietnamese cuisine in New York City has come of age in this century, going from a series of cafes with similar menus clustered in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens Chinatowns to a startlingly diverse collection of banh mi shops, themed bistros, regional specialists, quirky inexpensive cafes, and, yes, pho parlors, where the signature soup has been backdated with original versions from Hanoi, and joined by other delicious soups like bun bo Hue, equally as good but not as well known.
But the coronavirus has been particularly tough on Vietnamese restaurants, as it has been on Chinese ones, and over the last eight months we’ve seen lots of old favorites close, including An Choi, New Xe Lua, Nha Trang Centre, and Saiguette, though the last promises to reopen sometime in the future, on its website at least.
Meanwhile, several promising new places have popped up since this map was last published, like Saigon Social, catapulting the traditional Vietnamese cafe into fried chicken sandwich territory, and Just Pho, more intent than ever before on serving us Hanoi-style rather than Saigon-style soups. Here are Eater critic Robert Sietsema’s favorite Vietnamese places in all five boroughs, plus a bonus in Jersey City.
Note that restaurants with outdoor dining are so indicated; for those that don’t list that option, plan on carrying out or exercising your delivery options.Read More