Bamboo and faded-photo ambience give this great Vietnamese spot an air of romance. The kitchen turns out tasty little surprises like tom cuon, rice-paper rolls stuffed with savory grilled prawns, paired with an addictive peanut sauce. Fans of spicy foods should consider the mixao, stir-fried noodles with fiery-sour chili-lime sauce. Warm coconut-banana bread may sound heavy for a summer dish, but it’s a great sweet nibble to have with Vietnamese coffee.
110 Reade St
|Cross street:||between Church St and West Broadway|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu noon–2pm, 5:30–9:45pm; Fri noon–2pm, 5:30–10:45pm; Sat 5:30–10:45pm; Sun 5:30–9:45pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, 1, 2, 3 to Chambers St|
|Price:||Average main course: $16. AmEx, MC, V|