Mon-Thu, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-11pm; Sun, 5pm-10pm
A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.; 1 at 18th St.
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14th St. to 34th St., Fifth Ave. to Eleventh Ave.
The sleek successor to Nam in Tribeca shares its precursor’s understatedly stylish aesthetic, not to mention most of its menu. It’s possible to find cheaper Vietnamese food, but none sparked with such consistently fresh, clean flavors and served in such casually chic environs. We seldom pass up the lemongrass-crusted tofu, but the diced monkfish and peanuts on a rice cracker, and the five-spiced baby back ribs, are both eminently worthwhile. The skill of the kitchen is most apparent in the selection of rolls, noticeably lighter and more delicate than most of the rice-paper-wrapped competition.