Settle into an orange-and-pistachio banquette at this Chelsea eatery, to sample French-inflected Vietnamese food from chef Laura Lam (Monsoon). A prawn-and-grapefruit salad features crustaceans grilled to smoky crispness, and a pan-seared fillet of sole is so mild and tender, it’s practically a confection. Those still seeking sweet relief can try the hot banana cake dessert, a smart riff on that Asian standard, banana fritters.
88 Seventh Ave
|Cross street:||between 15th and 16th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11am–11:30pm; Fri 11:30am–midnight; Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–11:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Sixth Ave; 1, 2, 3 to 14th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $24. AmEx, MC, V|