for the most part, south brooklyn is sadly lacking in great asian food. though we have numerous mediocre japanese, chinese and thai restaurants, i can barely bring myself to eat there unless i’m in a bind. a couple of years ago i was thrilled to discover nicky’s vietnamese sandwiches on atlantic avenue. not much more than a hole in the wall with some seating, they offer the most tasty bahn mi sandwiches i can find in the borough. the ingredients are always fresh and tangy, and come in a soft on-the-inside, and crunchy on-the-outside roll. as an added bonus, it is affordable at $5 a sandwich. nicky’s has a few varieties, though i always go for the traditional ground pork and pate extra spicy. they also offer pho and that great sugar and caffeine high of vietnamese coffee. with a central location in boerum hill, nicky’s is also very close to carroll gardens and near downtown brooklyn. it was my favorite mid-day snack spot during jury duty. they also have an east village location. nicky’s vietnamese sandwiches, 311 atlantic avenue between smith and hoyt, brooklyn, new york, 718.855.8838. 150 east 2nd street at avenue a, manhattan, new york, 212.388.1088.