PLAN DATE: WEDS / JUL. 18
New to the area, Di An Di has already earned bragging rights for some of the best Vietnamese-American cuisine in Brooklyn. With natural light pouring in from the skylights, a stark white aesthetic, and herbaceous accents scattered throughout, the atmosphere at Di An Di feels as fresh and raw as its menu is bold and unexpected. Between their Bánh Tráng Nướng Chay/Vietnamese Pizza (rice paper grilled with egg, mushroom pate, toasted shiitake, scallion, and pickled chilis) and Tht Heo Đuôi Chiên Giòn (crispy pig tails with caramel fish sauce), expect an all-encompassing spectrum of classic Vietnamese flavors and New Age influences. And be sure to wash everything down with one of their craft cocktails (we can hardly give higher praise to their Mezcal-based Smoke Gets in Your Thighs with Thai chili concentrate, caffo solara, and lime).
After dinner, head over to the Brooklyn Bazaar for a live show. With a nod to the Jazz Age with its Art Deco-esque aesthetic, this Greenpoint venue may look vintage, but its live lineups include a wide variety of black metal, street punk, progressive rock, and even the occasional free movie screening. The space is massive, but intimate, with a kind of “polished grunge” feel, including a dining area covered in floor-to-ceiling mirrors and a ping pong room coated with graffiti. Tonight, they’ll be showcasing Thank You Scientist, In the Presence of Wolves, and You Bred Raptors? at 8 p.m., with an entry fee of $15.
Di An Di
68 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
idk tip: If you’d rather go the non-alcoholic route, test out their delicious Annatto Soda Chan.
150 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
idk tip: They also have a room specifically dedicated to karaoke, which you’re welcome to reserve.