Banh Vietnamese Shop House at 942 Amsterdam Avenue, between 106th and 107th Streets has been “soft-opened” for about three weeks, just serving food on the weekends. But apparently the buzz about this place has already spread far and wide, according to a recent review in Gothamist. In fact, they’ve had to stop accepting online orders because they can’t keep up with them. (They’re working on a new online ordering system to make things smoother.)
John Nguyen, the co-owner of Banh Shop House, tries to explain the restaurant’s instant success. “For one thing, the Vietnamese community in this city is tight, and everyone shares on social media, so word got around fast. For another, we’re making things that you can’t really get anywhere else in the city, not even at our other restaurant, Cơm Tấm Ninh Kiều in the Bronx.”
Apparently Shop House serves Vietnamese dishes you can’t get elsewhere. Reviewer Scott Lynch tried much of the menu and picked some favorites. “I would definitely recommend getting the Xoai Xanh Mam Ruoc, or Green Mango Salad, for the table to share as a starter,” he wrote. “It’s a deceptively simple-looking dish—slices of unripe fruit and a crock of thick, almost clumpy, fish sauce for dipping—but it’s sublime in its contrast of tang and funk.” He also liked the “Ton’s Pha Lau, a wonderfully rich and hearty stew, packed with braised beef and pork intestines, strips of tripe, and chunks of liver.”
They’re doing both indoor and outdoor dining now and expect to have regular full-time hours starting next month. See the menu here.
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