Try Off-the-Grid Vietnamese Fare In Sunset Park
There’s nothing like a warm, down-to-earth meet-up spot, and Parlay is just the place to catch your person after work to start off date night. Warm wooden panels, checkered black and white floors, metal bar stools and close-together tables make it ideal for sitting close and sipping on a strong latte or a stark, smooth Americano. There’s a Malaysian twist, so there’s no wrong in ordering up some spicy hand-cut fries to pregame your banh mi later—in fact, it’s encouraged.
Continue date night with a sweet walk around Sunset Park, or simply head directly up the block for your main course at Ba Xuyên, a modest, off-the-grid Vietnamese joint that promises the best banh mi in the city. Hearty slices of pork, perfectly pickled pickles, sweet and sour veggie slaw, cilantro and jalapenos are stuffed into flawlessly toasted bread—crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside—for a no-nonsense bahn mi that checks all the boxes on freshness, heartiness, and satisfaction. Add some spring rolls (Goi Cuon), and consider getting that classic pork for a sandwich that’ll really hit the spot.
4024 8th Avenue, Brooklyn
4222 8th Avenue, Brooklyn