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“Terrific neighborhood gem”
Review of Nightingale 9

Nightingale 9
Ranked #1,070 of 6,643 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Carroll Street
Transit: F and G train - Carroll Street
Reviewed 23 December 2015

My family and I eat here on average about twice a month; and whereas we miss their old deal--half off on bottles of wine on Sundays--we return again and again, secure in the knowledge that the food will be very good and the service most friendly. The nosh is broadly defined as Vietnamese-fusion, with American Southern incursions predominating. The menu is short, and we usually order the same thing each time: the outstanding fried squid appetizer, dressed in salt, pepper and lime, and the refreshing Vietnamese chicken salad. For the main course it's a choice of noodle bowls or one among a smattering of meat dishes: the port chop is fab. The bun cha bowl is outstanding, with juicy pork patties; and the pork shoulder with rice "sheets" and chili paste is a hearty, tasty, belly-filler. The jambalaya is very good, too, and packs a lot of heat (so beware). The wine list is pretty basic: quaffable plonk at a very reasonable price; and the bartender makes a lovely martini. The place is unpretentious and group-friendly (though book in advance if there are going to be lots of you, as the place is small). The bar is compact and comfy, too, and a good place to eat if you're on your own, or a deux. My bottom line: I love this place, and am grateful for its being just a short walk away from home!

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Reviewed 6 September 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our drop in dinner. Very innovative and mouth-wateringly delicious. Cocktails were very tasty too! Service was perfect - we will return!!

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We really enjoyed our casual dinner at Nightingale 9. The flavors were clean and bright, the preparation excellent. We especially liked the grilled seafood salad, spring rolls and hanger steak. Almost all the dishes are good for sharing. The service was very friendly. We will be back.

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Reviewed 21 January 2014

We had dinner here based on a blog recommendation.... Ummmm... Not impressed at all. The pho was mediocre at best; my pork was bland and actually greasy, and sat heavily in my stomach for many hours to come. I understand the stuffed squid was alright. Service was OK, but the place is small and terribly noisy. So you either have to sit in silence (so to speak) and eat or scream at the person across the table. Beh... won't go back.

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1  Thank ewarh
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

Our expectations for this restaurant were high as a result of its profile in a recent Garden & Gun magazine as one of John T. Edge's Top Ten dishes of the year (Dec 2013/Jan 2014 issue). The food was pretty good, although the service was less impressive, and the overall experience was just mediocre. The fusion of southern comfort food with Vietnamese cuisine is interesting and was executed in a way that makes the pairing seem natural, but I would not put this meal in any Top Ten list, and we would not go out of our way to have it again.

The ambiance of the place is definitely relaxed and exerting effort to be hip, with limited lighting, high ceilings, and vintage chipped-paint stackable metal chairs. The restaurant also seats most patrons at six-person tables, where you will end up sharing a table with strangers if it gets busy. This was unobtrusive and did not detract from the experience, but you may not expect it if you have never seen the place. The noise level gets pretty high, but we did not have trouble conversing.

Our waiter must have been brand new, as he demonstrated a limited command of the menu and provided very little feedback on the dishes. We had the pork spring rolls as an appetizer, which were great, and then had the chicken pho and pork/shrimp boudin. The boudin was served with a side of broccoli and cauliflower, and the vegetables were cold. When informed, the waiter asked the chef about it, who declared that this was how the veggies were supposed to be served. We remain incredulous, but ok fine.

Overall, the food was pretty good, but I would not go out of my way to have it, and we likely will not return. If you want collard greens cooked in a Vietnamese style or other American southern touches to Vietnamese street food, then you might enjoy this place.

There's a lot of press on this restaurant, particularly as chef Rob Newton has a loyal following from his southern-focused Seersucker restaurant and his casual coffee-shop Smith Canteen-- both also in the same Carroll Gardens neighborhood. Maybe for John T. Edge, this was just a way to give a nod to Southern cuisine with a fresh twist by a chef from Arkansas, who is having success in Brooklyn.

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