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Nightingale 9

Map & Directions 345 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
  • Vietnamese
  • Tue-Sun 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

Kerry Diamond and Robert Newton of Seersucker and Smith Canteen have built out their Carroll Gardens' empire with the addition of a third restaurant. Nightingale 9 is a small, bustling Vietnamese street-food joint where regional American ingredients find their way into Vietnamese-style salads, hot noodle soups, and meaty bowls of rice noodles. Bun cha ($13)--the everyday Vietnamese dish of cold vermicelli with grilled pork patties and belly meat--is made with Berkshire pork and peanuts from Aunt Ruby's in North Carolina, with a small heap of roughly textured rice noodles that turn out to be far more gratifying than they first appear. You'll be instructed to wrap that tiny fried quail ($15) from South Carolina in a sheet of lettuce with mint leaves, then squeeze over half a lime. Flavors outweigh the drab surroundings by leaps and bounds (the decor could be described as prison-chic), so enjoy the tantalizing greens from fresh herbs like mint, basil, chickweed, rather than the grey on the walls. For dessert, there are a series of popsicles on wooden sticks, served in practical stainless-steel containers. Go for the palm-sugar pop ($5) which has a complex caramel flavor and arrives covered in a crunchy crumble of benne seeds and peanut brittle. It's so tasty it'll make you wish that Nightingale 9 was open during the day so you could stop in for a pop, but for now, it's dinner only. --Tejal Rao

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  • meghan k. on 02/23/13

    Get the marinated beef appetizer: Be happy.

  • Serious Eats on 05/21/13

    Inconsistent but tasty takes on Vietnamese from Rob Newton of nearby Seersucker.

  • Zane L. on 12/04/13

    This place is really great. Amazing interpretations of the cuisine and great staff. Highly recommended.

  • Stephanie H. on 06/07/13

    The Berkshire pork is melt-in-your-mouth amazing.

  • Madeleine R. on 10/19/13

    This is my go to lunch spot in the neighborhood. All of the sandwiches are amazing, and the collard green salad is a definite favorite of mine!

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