Every now and again, a joke becomes the real thing: a tauntaun sleeping bag, a sandwich with fried chicken in lieu of bread, or the '08 Rays, before they turned back into a joke just in time. See, B.J. Upton does suck. For a (real, this time) restaurant from guys who thought it would be funny to make a clothing shop look like a Chinese takeout, get to Le Viet
A Vietnamese restaurant featuring a sleek interior with walls and partitions of dark-matte wooden panels stacked like bricks and brown-black tables with matching leather seating, Le Viet comes from guys who'd spent the past few years running a fake restaurant (Abakus Takeout, Chinatown's streetwear shop cleverly disguised as a Chinese place), who decided it was time to go straight and open up one that actually serves food...or does it?!? (It does). Apps include soup mang tay chua (crabmeat & asparagus in a thick broth), hen xuc banh da (steamed clams & sauce with sesame rice crackers), and goi du du gan chay, a green papaya salad w/ beef liver jerky, not to be confused with beef liver, jerky, which's only available at Frank Rizzo's, jackass. Entrees offer up com ga le viet (steamed chicken over seasoned rice), com chien duong chau (fried rice w/ tiger shrimp, BBQ pork, and veggies), thi heo kho tieu (caramelized pork slices), and pho dac biet le viet (a house special noodle soup), with more items to come as they get more customer feedback, and consonants
Until a liquor license is procured, Viet's BYO, and also offers a list of booze-free authentic Vietnamese mixed drinks like cafe sua nong (hot coffee w/ condensed milk), tra thai (Thai iced tea), and, presumably in the future, cola pe pe, which actually sounds like it's Chinese, and some kind of joke.