Brooklyn, NY 11231
- Tue-Sun 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm
- All Major Credit Cards
- Full bar
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
Tips from foursquare
Get the marinated beef appetizer: Be happy.
Inconsistent but tasty takes on Vietnamese from Rob Newton of nearby Seersucker.
This place is really great. Amazing interpretations of the cuisine and great staff. Highly recommended.
The Berkshire pork is melt-in-your-mouth amazing.
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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