Pho with tofu from Nicky's Vietnamese on Atlantic in Boerum Hill
Photo by Joshua Kristal
It’s cold/wet/grey. People climbing over snow/ice to cross street and stepping in 4-inch slush/mud puddles. You are depressed. Pick up the phone. Dial 718-855-8838. Ask Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches to make you a big piping hot bowl of Phở (pronounced “Foe”) with beef (here, it’s sliced paper thin and almost raw like carpacio, very tender), chicken, pork chop or tofu. The tofu is excellent, thick and flavorful, even if you are not a tofu person. Order delivery. This is a show-stopping, soul defrosting bowl of Phở. That’s coming from a Phở lover.
Lay on the ground. Do 20 leg lifts, each leg. Thirty stomach crunches. Meditate on Caribbean waters, think of the sun hitting the blue. Twenty push ups.
Sit up. Door rings. Nicky’s here.
Place the mound of rice noodles, bean sprouts, cilantro and meat or tofu in a large bowl. Slowly pour over the hot broth. Squirt in the lime, provided. I add Asian hot sauce, the bright red kind.
Now, slurp it up. Warm up.
You’re all set. Pay me later.
(Me, stir crazy? Nah.)
Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches
311 Atlantic, between Smith and Hoyt
Open Mon-Sat, noon to 9 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.311 Atlantic Ave. ( btwn Smith & Hoyt )
Brooklyn, NY 11201