Bep Ga

There’s plenty of Vietnamese restaurants nestled in Manhattan’s Chinatown but how many of them specialize in just chicken? Apparently Bep Ga does because their four-dish menu consists of all chicken dishes: Hoi An (Chicken Rice), Pho Ga (Chicken Noodle Soup), Pho Ga Kho (Pho Chicken Noodle Salad), and Goi Ga (Chicken Salad). It’s a small menu that leave no room for indecision—just order everything!

We headed over to Bep Ga on a scorching hot evening. Upon entering, we were greeted with a jungle of plants flourishing on a teal windowsill, along with baby pink walls and ceilings. We ordered the Pho Ga, Hoi An, Goi Ga, and the sparkling lemonade, seated ourselves at the table by the window with the fan (one out of two tables, yes, seating is very limited!). The Pho Ga made us instantly forget that it wasn’t beef based. The broth was deep in flavor and had a rich sweetness that melded perfectly with the cuts of light chicken breast, crunchy bean sprouts, and aromatic herbs. The Hoi An, a beautiful plate of tumeric-tinted chicken rice, slices of chicken breast, crunchy cucumbers and juicy tomatoes were doused in ginger chicken broth and topped with herbs and garlic chips. And one of our all-time favorite dishes from the night, the Pho Ga Kho. This fresh Vietnamese chicken salad consisted of chicken breast, shredded cabbage, bean sprouts, onions, and herbs tossed in a tangy dressing of ginger, lime, and fish sauce. Astoundingly crunchy and refreshing in the hot summer heat. And if you think that eating a bowl of piping hot pho is not a summer thing, then you should know that consuming spicy or hot dishes can actually cool you down!

Bep Ga
70 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002

Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich Deli

Have you ever experienced that tear on the roof of your mouth while eating a bhán mi? It hurts like hell and anything consumed afterwards is a complete nightmare. Worry not, we’ve found a savior to the post-bhán-mi-raw-mouth-syndrome. Saigon Vietnamese Deli on Broome and Mott Street may not be the most fancy establishment in New York city, but it does serve a delicious sandwich with a soft baguette. We highly recommend the house special which comes with pork, cilantro, pickled cucumbers, carrots, and radishes.

This sandwich is a dichotomy. On initial contact, there is a slight crunch and then your teeth descend into a cloud of soft bread. The pork gives saltiness, the pickled vegetables a sweet flavor, and finally, the cilantro a strong and fresh burst of taste. Enjoy!

P.S. The ring pictured is the “third eye ring” by Venessa Arizaga available at Opening Ceremony

Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich Deli
369 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-8341
www.vietnamese-sandwich.com/