Best Vietnamese in Manhattan?
Where to go? I've tried many places in Manhattan,
and I've had some nice meals, but nothing on the
level of my trips to Hanoi... I've had a couple of
excellent dishes, but have yet to find a place that
I can fully endorse. curious if I'm missing a spot?
Nha Trang (Baxter)
Bao Noodles (2nd Ave)
Hoi An (west b'way)
Le Colonial (57th)
Pho Viet Huong (Mulberry)
Though Saigon Grill is clearly not Hanoi quality, nor even as good as some of the places mentioned above, it is some of the better Vietnamese that can be obtained outside of Chinatown in Manhattan.
Also, select dishes, Goi Du Du (Green Papaya Salad) being one of them, are prepared quite authentically and quite well.
The only one on your list that I've been to is Bao Noodles. I've always found the food to be well-prepared and very tasty. Never having been to Viet Nam, I can't judge personally how authentic the food is. However, acc. to the restaurant's website, the owner was born in Saigon and his mother, who owned a restaurant in Saigon, serves as his consultant regarding the menu.
The beef and chicken you'll normally get in Vietnam is far inferior to what you'll get in a U.S. Vietnamese restaurant. Seafood in Vietnam is wonderful.
I don't know any Hanoi-style places in NY. In fact, I guess most are probably Cholon-style, since most seem to be run by ethnic Chinese.
Bodega Bistro in S.F. is Hanoi-style.