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Saigon Grill coming to University Pl.

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Should I be excited or dreading it? I've seen posts here about the upper westside one that vary from fawning over it to saying it's awful...

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  1. I wouldn't be too excited. Saigon Grill is UES/UWS's overhyped excuse for Vietnamese food, and while edible, it's nothing to write home about, especially the gloppy, oversweet stirfry dishes. Might as well go to Chinatown or even over to Bao 111 instead.

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    1. re: J

      How can you compare Bao 111 to Saigon Grill???

      That's like comparing Joya (excellent Thai food at unbelievable prices) to Spice Market....

    2. nothing special...but a solid delivery option. i like monsoon a bit better for dine-in.

      1. Be excited, for what it is, it's terrific. The food is more authentic than alot of detractors on this board will suggest. I agree that it is better for take out than eat in, but for the price, quanity and quality it's a great addition to any neighborhood.

        1. Solid food - tasty and consistant - not like you need to throw a parade about it - but be glad to have the new addition.

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          1. re: ohny

            Exactly. If nothing else, you can stop torturing yourself with that place on 13th, which isn't quite bad enough to absolutely blacklist but is really pretty mediocre when you do drag yourself in...

          2. I've had it. It's pretty decent for neighborhood restaurant on a good day, but nothing that I'd make a special trip for. I have a feeling it's run by Chinese, or at least the chef is, based on the cooking...

            1. so good. for comfort food, basic vietnamese, hot soup when it's cold...definitely better than l'annan, which is on 13th and university. definitely.

              1. Be excited. It's the best Vietnamese you can get outside of Chinatown at prices half of the Bao restaurants. Green papaya salad with grilled beef and sriracha is fantastic.

                1. Do they have banh mi?

                  My kingdom for a banh mi shop in the neighborhood.

                  1. Fear not, it's one of the best Asian restaurants in the city. I've been a fan of the upper west side one since I moved here six years ago.

                    Link: http://www.peeperradio.com

                    1. The one on the UWS is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The barbecued ribs are the best I've had anywhere. While it may not compare favorably with some more authentic Vietnamese restaurants (I honestly haven't been to that many), it is leagues above the standard eat-in/take-out Chinese places, which seems to be a more fair comparison.

                      Has the University Place locaton opened yet?

                      Try it out and let us know what you think.

                      1. "97 days ago zorgclyde replied

                        I've had it. It's pretty decent for neighborhood restaurant on a good day, but nothing that I'd make a special trip for. I have a feeling it's run by Chinese, or at least the chef is, based on the cooking..."

                        By the way, in New York almost all Vietnamese restaurants I've been to are run by ethnic Chinese from Vietnam, which is different from cities like San Francisco, and probably the midwest. I don't think there's that big a Viet presence in the city.

                        1. nice to know therea a rainy day option for me in the neighborhood.