We were not sure what to expect of Nightingale 9 as we had heard mixed reviews, so a sunny Saturday afternoon we decided to give it a try and went in for their happy hour to grab a snack. $3.00 beers and $1.00 spring rolls?!! You can’t beat that.
We went in and were quickly sat on a table, close to the window, enjoying the beautiful afternoon light of a late spring afternoon. Unfortunately, we were informed that the happy hour was only at the bar. Given that we were with the girls, we couldn’t really sit at the bar, but they were very accommodating and gave us happy hour pricing even though we were siting at a table.
The place is beautiful and it used to house Seersucker, the Southern-themed restaurant ran by Rob Newton. The space has a similar vintage look than its sister restaurant, Wilma Jean, with yellow exposed bricks and a long blue bench that serves as sitting to a row of wood tables and school chairs. The long bar is to the right, and it sits about 12 to 14 people. As this place seems to be pretty packed, I would suggest an umbrella stroller or the most minimal one you can get. They do not have a kids menu, but they do have 2 highchairs, for those adventurous little palates.
We ordered a couple of 33 Export, our first time having Vietnamese beer and we liked it quite a lot. The spring rolls were tasty and refreshing. We also ordered the Bun Cha Bowl (vermicelli noodles with pork belly, pork patties, sisho and pickled papaya), which was OK but failed to impress me, mainly because I was expecting the flavors to be more cohesive, and felt that all the flavor in the sauce didn’t seem to infuse the noodles. The pork belly was delicious, but then, you can’t go wrong with that.
The single unisex restroom is on the back, to the right, past the bar. It is decently clean and ample with white tiles and light green walls. It has two cool 70s photographs in the walls, that look more Hong Kong than Saigon to me. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a changing table.
I would definitely go back for the happy hour deal, because one can’t go wrong with an ice cold beer and refreshingly tasty spring rolls. Plus, it’s opposite Carroll Park, so it’s the ideal place to recharge after a hot day in the park.
329 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Tuesday – Sunday: 11:00am -10:30pm