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Bunker

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99 Scott Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237 40.710564 -73.923398
nr. Randolph St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-386-4282 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

bunkernyc.com

Hours

Tue-Sat, noon-11pm; Sun, noon-10pm; Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Jefferson St.

Prices

$8-$15

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • BYOB
  • Good for Groups
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • BYOB

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

Bunker made quite the stir in Vietnamese food-depraved New York when it opened on a lonely, industrial stretch of Maspeth, Queens. The obscure location didn’t hurt, but it was the quirky ambiance and chef Jimmy Tu’s cooking that originally won its a devoted following and turned it into food cognoscenti destination. Think the crêpe called bánh xèo made with bacon, and inventive creations like mushroom and catfish bánh mì. But the small space limited the kitchen and its isolated address left often-overflowing crowds with nowhere to go a problem during winter. The owners cut their loses and packed up, relocating to a significantly larger space that, while still on an industrial street, shares space with a very Brooklyn mead bar and is a much shorter walk from the subway stop. Here are there 70 or so seats, but the space still retains the original’s picnic feel with a colorful beachy design, high ceilings, and mismatched chairs and tables. There’s a bar that's big enough to comfortably eat at, and some nights you might slurp phô to a DJ or a rock band playing early. Most important, there’s an expanded menu with dishes like bun cha vermicelli and pork sausage and belly in fish sauce, greens and herbs for wrapping and particularly good grilled lemongrass short rib bánh mì.

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