Nicky’s, the Vietnamese sandwich place in the East Village, has come to Brooklyn–or, actually, back to Brooklyn; its owners once ran the late, lamented An Dong. The new Boerum Hill shop comes through with a first-rate “classic” sandwich (pate, ham, ground pork) boasting ample meat, vegetables, and jalapeno kick, reports Sarah McC. Other choices: pork chop, chicken, sardine, portobello–$4 to $4.50, same as at the East Village original.
Nicky’s doesn’t have the neighborhood market to itself. Hanco’s, a banh mi shop that opened early this year just three blocks south, also has its partisans. “Their sandwiches and spring rolls are delicious and evenly balanced in flavor,” says Matt M.. “Equally important, the staff is extremely nice, so we don’t see any reason to desert them.”
In Bay Ridge, Malaysian fusion bistro Banana Leaf has gone under after struggling for months with disappointing business. A sign in the window says the chef-owner, Peter How, sold the place because of back problems but hopes to reopen in a few months in a new location.
In Queens, Khao Homm, a Woodside Thai place that was at times mentioned in the same sentence with board favorite Sripraphai, has closed. A restaurant called Sweet Basil will open in its place.
Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches [Boerum Hill]
311 Atlantic Ave., between Hoyt and Smith Sts., Brooklyn
Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches [East Village]
150 E. 2nd St., between Aves. A and B, Manhattan
Hanco’s Bubble Tea and Vietnamese Sandwich [Boerum Hill]
85 Bergen St., between Smith and Hoyt, Brooklyn
Banana Leaf Malaysian Bistro [Sunset Park]
6814 4th Ave., between 68th St. and Bay Ridge Ave., Brooklyn
Sweet Basil [Woodside]
formerly Khao Homm Thai
to open at…39-28 61st St., between Roosevelt and 39th Aves., Woodside, Queens