Mon-Thu, noon-11pm; Fri-Sat, noon-1am; Sun, closed
C, E at Spring St.; 1 at Houston St.
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Walker St. to 14th St., Bowery St. to Hudson St.
While this trendy corner spot may prepare Southeast Asian cuisine to go, locals know the best place to sample a dish is seated inside the lamp-lit, open-air dining room or at one of the surrounding sidewalk tables. With a prime view of Sixth Avenue, you can perfect the art of people-watching over vermicelli-packed summer rolls or a chili-and-lime-splashed shrimp and papaya salad. Fresh flavor combinations abound: A spicy squid entrée successfully pairs pineapple chunks with tomato slices in a tangy Thai basil sauce; tiger prawns gently curl out of their shells into a peppery broth of scallions and caramelized onion strands. Crave more sugar than spice? The Vietnamese iced coffee sweetened with condensed milk is an ideal summer-evening cooldown.Recommended Dishes
Shrimp papaya salad, $8; spicy squid, $10.50; caramelized tiger prawns, $19.50; Vietnamese iced coffee, $3.50