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Posted by sprung on food on 03/27/2014
If you're looking for delicious, affordable Vietnamese food in a casual, neighborhood environment, make sure to go to Nightingale 9 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The restaurant itself is modeled to the stripped-down neighborhood restaurants of Hanoi, using reclaimed materials in the dinning room, and numbering their tables. They even have their own herb garden in the restaurant's yard. Everything on the menu looked great, and I started with some of my favorite veggies and ordered their Crispy Brussels Sprouts (lime, garlic, benne seeds). These were awesome. The brussels were indeed crispy on the outside, but tender in the middle and juicy, absorbing all of the savory and spicy flavors.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/01/2014
Been to Nightingale 9 a few times and its a great lunch or dinner spot either eating alone (at the bar) or with friends (long communal tables). Lots of interesting menu items that change often and always like to order a bunch of things and share with friends. The wait staff is always friendly and helpful if you have questions. Owner also runs Seersucker a few doors down Smith Street so some interesting Southern influences on a few dishes.
Posted by Anon on 08/28/2013
Food is good but don't come here with food as your first choice. It comes out in bits and pieces and sometimes with long waits in-between. Didn't help if you're hungry. Had to grab something on the way home to fill the hole. It's better if you come for drinks with something to nibble on as a bonus rather than coming just for the food (or come if you aren't that hungry or for a light lunch). The bill (for just food) was higher than expected for the amount and the quality. The day before we went out for dinner elsewhere and the bill came to almost twice the amount as it did here and would rather do that again then come here. This place is great for drinks but move on for food.
Posted by Hanh on 08/21/2013
In town on our annual visit to BK and being from a tiny Caribbran island I make sure I do my research before hand (using menu pages amongst other sites) so that we eat at interesting places. I am always excited to try out new Vietnamese restaurants. The food was 'good' it wasnt what I expected. Portions were smaller than a true Vietnamse place as I always leave full but in this case i was rather grumpy for spending $75 and was still hungry. We had 4 dishes, a beer, a coffee and a lemonade. The food itself was a fusion of Vietnamese with South Carolina/Western influences which to me has more of a tendency to mean bastardized Vietnamese dishes. Like I said, the food isn't awful, it's rather nice, but do not come here for a good honest, down to earth Vietnamese food. Do come here for tapas style delivery for Vietnamese food with an interesting twist in a clean, modern setting. The restaurant itself has a nice slick utility chic feel to it with communal rows of tables, metal weathered like colorful chairs (sounds nasty but isn't). Our server was pleasant and happy to explain what everything was. I gave the manger feedback and by no uncertain terms was I rude about it but he didn't seem to take too kindly to it. I said the waiting staff were nice, the place looked cool and the food was good but it just wasn't what I thought I was going to get. He said that they had rave reviews from all these fancy publications that using menu pages and google wasn't the best place to research as they can't be trusted to give the right info. I was then told that it is impossible to find real authentic Vietnamese food absolutely anywhere outside of Vietnam (I completely beg to differ on that and will happily give him a list) and that they are different coz they have their own Vietnamese herb garden and that they stay true to Vietnamese cuisine etc... If that's the case when why am I eating with chopsticks for food on a plate? When I said the food took its time coming out (they weren't full I would say 50% full) and it was difficult when we had a tired 3 year old with us he looked as if he took offense to that and said that they do not rush people as they are not that type of place. All in all he appeared pissed off that I gave the sort of feedback that I did (even though it was a mixture of positive and negative) and said he'd be happy to have us back to help us explore real Vietnamese food. No thanks. Being Vietnamese and born in Vietnamese I know.