I discovered this place on the “Queens Heatmap.” Another lonely outpost on the outskirts of an industrial wasteland. But don’t be fooled by the gritty moonscape outside, this place is a gem.
Bun-ker, specializes in Vietnamese cuisine. True to its name, it is a fortification of flavor carved out like a redoubt between a Western Beef, a liquor store and commercial warehouses.
Grilled razor clams with garlic and olive oil. The last time I had these succulent critters was in Venice, and these mollusks were just as tasty as their briny Italian cousins pulled from an Adriatic lagoon.
Spring Rolls? Yes, I couldn’t resist. I don’t think I’ve ever NOT ordered spring rolls at at Vietnamese restaurant. What of it???
Another starter, a crepe stuffed with pork. The French-Indochina colonial influence can definitely be seen in this dish.
Grilled pork chops caramelized beautifully on the outside. The egg was a welcomed addition. Dunking pork chops in runny egg yoke was a brand new experience in hedonism for me.
…and finally the piece de resistance! The special of the night, roasted pork in a bowl of it’s own delicious gravy garnished with four large prawns. Despite the appetizers, I found enough room to finish. Proof!
Bun-Ker Vietnamese 46-63 Metropolitan Ave Ridgewood, New York 11385
Hours: Tue-Wed 5 pm – 10 pm, Thu-Fri 5 pm – 11 pm, Sat 12 pm – 11 pm, Sun 12 pm – 10 pm