The Blind Goat
MasterChef winner Christine Ha, who is blind, owns the Blind Goat, one of five first-time concepts in this modern food hall. Each stall has seating for 30 to 40 diners, at a counter facing the kitchen, where the chefs slice, dice, and sauté. We were tempted by neighboring Cherry Block, a Texas-centric spot, but were curious about Ha’s take on nhau cuisine, basically Vietnamese bar food. We applauded the crispy, light Má’s Eggrolls stuffed with savory shrimp and pork (“the way Mom used to make them,” says Ha). Our group also shared the beef carpaccio, an inventive take on the classic, with Vietnamese herbs, puff prawn chips, corn nuts, and a citrus tang. The carnivore in our group also liked the coconut-inflected G.O.A.T. curry, an aromatic mélange freshened up with cilantro, mustard greens, and lemongrass, while our vegetarian went for inventive peanut tofu prepared with pickled vegetables, tamarind, and toasted coconut. For something stronger than Vietnamese coffee or sugarcane juice, hit one of three bars in the hall. We’ll be back for Ha’s desserts, particularly the Rubbish Apple Pie, praised by foodie superstar Gordon Ramsay. It includes fish sauce!
Drinks: No bar