Hell's Kitchen Vietnamese
I lament that my neighborhood seems to be rapidly turning into the Upper East Side. There are now quite a few generic Italian places along 9th, and the quaint candle and knick-knack boutiques are cropping up every week. Metropolitan Drugs, where they sold cheap guitars alongside their usual pharmacy stuff and posted a sign announcing that the pharmacist was friendly and willing to dispense free advice, just put up a banner last night that says, "This Store is Now a Duane Reade."
So it was with great happiness that I read the hand-lettered sign on the recently closed Snowpea's Chinese Kitchen and found out that - lo and behold! It's not going to be a Starbucks! The sign says, "Coming Soon. Vietnamese Home Cooking."
Of course, I have no idea if it will be any good, and I really shouldn't complain, considering all the fantastic food within ten blocks of my apartment, but it's nice to have something to look forward to.
This is, indeed, good news. The only Vietnamese restaurant in the neighborhood now is Sun Sun and that's not really very good. We order from them for the Pho Ga (chicken soup). Their Pho Ba (Oxtail soup)
really doesn't stand up with delivery. By the time it gets to your apartment, the beef is like leather from swimming in hot soup for 20 minutes.
That's very bad news about the drug store. It was a great place at halloween! (This store is next to
Amish Food Market--which is no more Amish than Attaturk.)
Sorry for rambling. David Tillyer