I'll be returning to Hanoi in January for the fourth time. I've always had great food there, but I've eaten at the same restaurants and think that maybe it's time to branch out. The places I've been, and will likely return unless I get some better suggestions, are:
Diva Cafe (near my hotel, the Metropole)
I'll probably try the hotel restaurant (Spice Garden), and I'm hoping they still offer their Wednesday cooking class.
Let me know if anyone has some additional recs -- Vietnamese food only please (I don't understand eating French food in Hanoi, even with the colonial influence).
Also, if anyone has any suggestions for street food. I have always been tempted, but everyone seems to caution me that it's a bad idea. Any thoughts?