It All Boils Down To This

Another transplant from down south, where the famous Café Du Monde brings a taste of Vietnam with its roasted dark coffee brew and powdery beignets, is The Boil. The name coveys a witches’ pot of eye of newt and toe of frog. Fortunately, what is served is a rich, fragrant, and utterly delicious mélange of Creole style seafood thrown somewhat precariously and blending a tribute to Cajun seafood with Vietnamese flavors.

430522_420566264706873_979858461_n

I met with one of the owners of The Boil, Donald Nguyen, to inquire how he came up with this idea for his restaurant. Why not open a Vietnamese restaurant in NYC? It’s the burning question that everyone asks when they find out what you are when you tell them you are Vietnamese. Where do you find a really good Vietnamese restaurant to eat in NYC? The longstanding answer is San Jose. Not that there isn’t anything decent in NYC, but compared to the other ethnic cuisines, Vietnamese restaurants are sorely lacking in authenticity in this area. Mr. Nguyen stated he didn’t quite have the chops to compete with San Jose, Montreal, or even Philadelphia in bringing Vietnamese dishes to NYC. Hence, Mr. Nguyen, a charismatic man born in Vietnam, bred in Brooklyn and a diehard New Yorker, decided to create his own niche in his hometown – a place to kick back, grab some crawfish and crabs, and devour. Quick, easy, and really good.

The Boil operates on a new age dining model with handheld devices for ordering and minimal wait staff. It’s more about the fresh seafood that arrives from Vietnamese fishing kings sourced in New Orleans, the Boil Special Sauce made with the all-famous ingredient of Fish Sauce – throw these ingredients together with some corn and potatoes and you have a recipe for success.

1379992_497532360343596_1836940027_n

This establishment is not meant for the prissy and polite crowd, although they do have rubber gloves if you can’t stand to dirty your hands. There are directions on how to eat crawfish and a sign that states that you have a two hour limit. Don’t expect the frills (everything is disposable from the tablecloth to the serving bag), just the cheap thrills of amazingly fresh seafood with a flavor to die for. It’s better than any Vietnamese restaurant in NYC and it doesn’t pretend to be Vietnamese.

Recommendations:
ANY Combo Platters with the Boil Special Sauce – make it spicy so you can brag about being able to handle your own.

Location: 139 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002
Website: www.theboilny.com

 

Share this story, choose your platform!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on tumblr
Share on google
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on vk
Share on email
About the author:

Leave a Comment

The Future of The Past

[Quang Nam, 03 October 2020] Taking the occasion of the Germany Unity Day and 45 years of Vietnam – Germany 45 years of diplomatic relations, TUI BLUE Nam Hoi An – the first TUI Group’s flagship hotel in Asia and Ỷ Vân Hiên, a Vietnam’s apparel brand for ancient costumes and traditional designs have successfully

Read More »

RAD7 Playdate Fundraiser Halloween Edition

FREE ENTRY Music-Pets-Food Sunday Funday – Make a date with your pet; big or small! Bring your dog and enjoy a nice lunch with drinks and music. Dress your pooch up and enter the Halloween Costume Competition! Proceeds goes towards RAD7‘s continued animal rescue efforts. Raffles will be for sale too! A beautiful open space and shaded venue

Read More »

Say Yes!

For further details visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/3185144011598273

Read More »

THAIFEX – ANUGA ASIA 2020 The Hybrid Edition

Tradeshow Combines Both Offline and Online Elements in Response to New Normal Lifestyle The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC) and Koelnmesse proceed to organize THAIFEX-ANUGA ASIA 2020 under the concept  of “Eat Responsibly” to showcase the potential of Thai business operators. The exhibition not only presents the food

Read More »

Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa – Gift Certificate

Looking for the perfect gift for yourself or your loved one? Sheraton Nha Trang has just what you arelooking for! Exclusive gift vouchers can be redeemed for stylish stays, delicious dining and sublime spa treatments at the hotel. Gift vouchers can be used in combination with other (limited) hotel promotions. Three options are available: Buy

Read More »

Troi Oi Summer 2020

USD 225,000 was spent on fake meteorites by a man from Saigon. Son, 49, and his wife Nga, 45, residents of Lap Vo District in Dong Thap Province have been arrested and charged for “fraudulent appropriation of assets.” According to investigators, Son and his wife took a piece of clay, painted it black and covered

Read More »