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Hanoi House

Perfect For: Casual Weeknight Dinner
PHOTOS: Noah Devereaux

You know that moment when you go to the movies, and as you’re standing up to leave, the person you came with turns to you and says, “So... what did you think?” For a moment, you pause, as you lift your foot off the sticky floor, and panic. Is this person going to think I have bad taste for really enjoying that incredibly corny romantic comedy? Are we going to have an awkward subway ride home if I say I didn’t really like that movie everyone else on Earth thought was excellent? Should I just flip it and ask them what they thought first?

You won’t have this moment walking out of Hanoi House. You might not run into the street and scream, “That was the best meal of my life!” but assuming you like good, casual restaurants with interesting food, we’re quite confident you’ll walk out of here able to say you thoroughly enjoyed your meal.

Hanoi House is a relatively small restaurant in the East Village, and they serve Vietnamese food. A few of the dishes are modern riffs (there’s an uni banh mi), but our favorite things to order are things like summer rolls better than any we’ve had in New York before, and a truly excellent bowl of pho. In the world of Hanoi-House-as-movie, that pho is most definitely getting a Best Actor nomination. At $13, there are many less expensive bowls around town, but few, if any, that are as good. That’s true of Hanoi House overall - you’ll pay a little more, but everything’s still reasonable, and all of it’s going to be better

So plan to walk out, turn to your dining and companion and confidently say, “That was great.” If they’re anyone worth eating with, they’ll agree.

Food Rundown

Summer Rolls

These are made with a delicious pork sausage, and stuffed with crunchy wonton bits. If you’ve had a better summer roll than this, we’d like to hear about it.

Hanoi Style Beef Pho

Picture the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you in the past year. This pho is like that, in that you won’t be able to stop thinking about it in rich, excruciating detail. The broth is incredibly flavorful, and the filet mignon and brisket in there are pretty perfect. A bowl of pho here is absolutely necessary. They’ll bring you share bowls if you want to try other stuff too.

Bun Cha

Here, you’ll get a big platter of crispy spring rolls, pork meatballs, grilled pork, rice noodles, and lettuce wraps to pile all of that into. It’s listed as a “price per person” family style option, but you can easily just get a single order for people to share. Or just go all in on it by yourself.

Grilled Octopus

A nice octopus appetizer, served with some hard boiled quail eggs. Make the three dishes listed above your go-tos, but feel confident in adding this on.

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