The winter months mean vastly different things to different people. As the weather chills, the days shorten, and the holiday festivities commence, I am weary yet unchastened by the memories of holiday party benders past.
Anita Lo had a stellar restaurant upbringing -- she worked under David Bouley, Guy Savoy, Michel Rostang, and David Waltuck at Chanterelle before she took a turn running the burners at Mirezi. But in 2000, she was craving creative control, and so she and her then-partner Jennifer Scism decided to st ... More >>
The "meat ball baguette" at Chatham Square's Thien Huong. The city is undergoing a cheap Vietnamese food renaissance, led by the signature soup pho, and the signature sandwich banh mi, and both are now available in many neighborhoods outside of Chinatowns. Last week, we reported on an exem ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ...
Victoria BekiempisSaigon's version, with rubber band "extra" removed. Banh mi has quite a rep -- for being a gutbuster on the mean streets of Saigon and New York. Pickled carrot and radish slivers, cilantro, cucumber slices, pâté, grilled meat, and occasionally cheese burst out of a French ... More >>
Banh mi #1: Pork roll, shredded pork, liver pate, and the fixings As the journalism business flounders, the banh mi trade booms--no one knows this better than Tai Dang, who was reportedly fired from his job as a photographer for Newsweek, and decided to return to his native Saigon to learn to ... More >>
I know Eater declared banh mi "over," but in my opinion, the banh mi fad is that rare thing: a trend that actually results in an increase in delicious, affordable food. This week, my column reviews Bep and Nha Toi, two new Vietnamese spots in Williamsburg. Bep serves pho, bun and other simple dishes ... More >>
Pork roll and sardines and pâté—oh my!
A Little Slice of Heaven in Sunset Park by Way of Vietnam