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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Hwa Yuan Szechuan
A reboot of a Chinatown spot that closed decades ago, Hwa Yuan serves great Peking duck, sesame noodles, and more in a massive space on East Broadway.
Buddha Bodai is a kosher vegetarian spot in Chinatown. It’s useful for anyone who doesn’t eat meat, and it’s BYOB.
456 Shanghai Cuisine
456 Shanghai is our Chinatown go-to for tiny dumplings, big bowls of noodles, and everything in between.
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Little Mo is a counter-service Vietnamese restaurant right off the Myrtle JMZ where Bushwick people like to hang out and eat pho and banh mi.
Falansai is a Vietnamese restaurant in Bushwick with excellent seasonal dishes, and a dining space that feels like your coolest friend’s living room.
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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.
Golden Diner is a little spot in Two Bridges that serves modern diner classics. It’s worth planning lunch here a week in advance.
Nha Trang One
On a block of Vietnamese places on Baxter Street in Chinatown, Nha Trang is our favorite for pho.
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