The streets of Brooklyn around Nu Hotel are filled with a medley of restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world.The tried and true French, Italian, and Chinese restaurants are always reliable, but there’s also a sizeable pocket of places serving up Southeast Asian cuisine in the neighborhood. They’re less mainstream, less buzzy, but certainly no less delicious. Whether your fix is banh mi or moo kratiam (or if you’re unfamiliar with either) there’s something worth trying at each of these Southeast Asian restaurants near Nu.
A broad and affordable menu with options for vegetarians, spice-fanatics, noodle lovers and more, Hop Hap is a favorite neighborhood Thai spot for Brooklyn locals. The crispy papaya salad mixes shredded carrots and lettuce with a hodgepodge of shrimp, calamari, and ground peanuts, and the pineapple duck curry offers an exceptional mix of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors. Its enticing menu also includes top-notch Thai fried dumplings, curry noodles, several different pad thais, and creamy, delectable Thai iced tea.Hophap 204 Smith St Brooklyn, NY 11201
Banh mi sandwiches are a delicious blend of French and Vietnamese cooking that date back to the colonial era. Consisting of an airy baguette stuffed with one or two shredded meats, pâté, thinly sliced cucumbers and carrots, and a dousing of special Vietnamese spicy sauce, the sandwiches are an affordable and filling option. Coming in at an easy $6, the classic banh mi at Hanco’s separates itself from the rest with its thick, crispy baguettes and daikon radishes. There are also similar dishes with shredded chicken, duck, pork, tofu and more. Pair one of these filling and flavorful sandwiches with some sweet Vietnamese bubble tea for a great Southeast Asian meal in Brooklyn.Hanco’s 134 Smith St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
Jumping back to Thai food, because there’s just so much of it around town, Joya is a slightly more comprehensive and upscale option than Hop Hap. Their dimly lit dining room creates a soothing, conversational atmosphere, and the sizeable portions earn rave reviews. Diners can keep things fresh with a long sliced mango salad or delve into a hearty feast with skirt steak over Thai fried rice. The wide range of tastes and ingredients featured throughout Joya’s menu wonderfully reflects the overarching variety of Southeast Asian food available near Downtown Brooklyn.Joya 215 Court St Brooklyn, NY 11201 image via flickr creative commons