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Fred Hua handles the culinary side of this East Williamsburg art gallery and Vietnamese coffee shop, which hosts a rotation of contemporary visual and performance artists. Inside the cozy-meets-industrial lofted space at Nhà Minh, Hua offers a constantly changing all-day roster of multilayered grain bowls, sandwiches, baked goods, and the occasional out-of-control pho special. Starting at 8 a.m., the menu invites the possibility of truly heroic breakfast decisions: Rouse yourself in style with an aggressively spiced chicken liver pâté banh mi or a smoked trout bowl — the fish set over greenmarket vegetables and topped with jewel-like slices of soy-sauce-and-coffee-pickled eggs. Savory breads spiced with curry or filled with refried beans and sweet plantains beat the pants off humdrum bagels when you’re faced with a harrowing morning commute. But the biggest a.m. punch comes from Hua’s sauce bar, where diners can choose from a rainbow of liquid gold harnessed in plastic squeeze bottles. Gussy up your beef bacon with a quirky rotating roster of condiments like sweet and spicy black currant, ginger sauce, and apple chutney vinaigrette. 485 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn 11222, 718-387-7848,

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 13, 2015


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