Bon Appétit published their list of the 50 best new restaurants of 2022 today and included a hidden gem in Seattle.
If you only go out to one place in Seattle this year, we suggest making it the bar that landed on their list. After all, according to Bon Appétit’s restaurant editor Elazar Sontag: “If you’re spending money to eat out, nothing is more worthwhile than a trip to one of these 50 restaurants.” So which singular restaurant in Seattle was deemed most worthwhile? It’s actually a Vietnamese speakeasy called Phởcific Standard Time, where you can wash down pho and dumplings with inventive craft cocktails.
Read on for everything you need to know about this unique Seattle eatery!
Phởcific Standard Time (also called PST) is located in downtown Seattle but in classic speakeasy tradition, it’s not easy to find. You have to first walk through the downtown location of popular Seattle franchise Phở Bắc and navigate your way up the stairs to the hidden Vietnamese speakeasy above. There you’ll find a cozy plant-filled space made to feel like an intimate, grown-up treehouse.
PST is owned by Yenvy and Quynh Pham, of the Pham family behind the Phở Bắc chain. They opened the bar last October. The idea for PST came from their brother, Khoa Pham, who passed away in March 2020. To honor him, the PST menu includes a drink called Khoa Was Here: a pho-fat-washed shot of Jameson that comes with a bowl of pho broth.
The rest of the PST drink menu is equally infused with creative Vietnamese flavors. Their craft cocktails are unlike anything you’ve tried before, from a Vietnamese egg coffee cocktail to a martini made with pickled leeks.
Of course, the menu also includes delicious Vietnamese snacks to fill you up while you drink. They’re particularly known for their crab dip and the phở cup of noodles.
You can see the full list of the 50 best new restaurants over at Bon Appétit.
Phởcific Standard Time
Location: 1923 7th Ave, Seattle
Hours: Weds – Thurs: 5pm-11pm, Fri – Sat: 5pm-12am
Website: PST on Instagram