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best cheap south east asian in nyc?

eattreat Jul 24, 2006 08:25 PM

looking for affordiable and tasy cambodian, thai, vietnamese restaurants in manhattan or brooklyn.

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    Pan Aug 29, 2006 05:09 PM

    designerboy, I've eaten in much dirtier surroundings in Malaysia. Also, did you get a look into their kitchen?

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      Hot Dish Aug 28, 2006 05:54 PM

      There's Borobudor in the E. Village for Indonesian. not fabulous (compared to time I lived in indonesia), but really cheap and friendly.

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        Pan Aug 29, 2006 05:07 PM

        You find it cheap? I don't. I like the owner and waitstaff very much, but the food should be better (more interesting, you know) at those prices.

      2. designerboy01 Aug 27, 2006 07:01 AM

        If I want good quality southeast asian I'll go to Penang in Chinatown on Eliabeth Street north of Canal. They got a mixture of Southeast asian cusine. They got better Malaysian out in Flushing. Anyone ever had a good taro soup?

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          Pan Aug 27, 2006 09:50 AM

          Skyway is better. Try it and see.

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            designerboy01 Aug 27, 2006 05:24 PM

            I will thanks for the tip. Any dishes you recommend?

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              Pan Aug 27, 2006 09:41 PM

              Get main dishes with seafood, especially if they're called "spicy" or "aromatic." I've had the Spicy Crab and Aromatic Squid, and both were great. Very good Kangkung Belacan. Nasi Lemak good to excellent. The satay is good, and I like the roti telur and pasembur. (Warning: the "appetizer" portion of pasembur is really main dish sized!) I'm looking forward to going back with a group of people and trying some whole fish dishes, etc.

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                designerboy01 Aug 28, 2006 05:09 PM

                I think I'm going to drop by for dinner tonight.

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                  wleatherette Aug 28, 2006 07:22 PM

                  i second these recs, and i would add the omelet with baby oyster and the asam laksa to the must-try list.

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                    designerboy01 Aug 29, 2006 12:41 AM

                    I went there for dinner. Thought the menu looked similar to Penang. The food was tasty, but I can't say that is the cleanest place.

            2. wleatherette Aug 17, 2006 05:17 PM

              i'm loving nam son (grand & chrystie) lately. the grilled pork/shredded pork/crab patty over rice is my new favorite dish.

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                breadnchocolate Aug 17, 2006 04:11 PM

                maybe not the best vietnamese in the city but the row of vietnamese on baxter between bayard and canal - including nha trang and new pasteur - are old and easy to get to standbys. i like the banh mi on mott near grand too - i forget the name of it - it's a small bakery that has great banh mi and other cheap and tasty dishes. maybe it's called saigon banh mi?
                and i haven't checked it out yet but sunset park in brooklyn has a bunch of vietnamese restaurants that get raves.

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                  Pan Aug 19, 2006 05:44 AM

                  Banh Mi Saigon Bakery.

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                  js587 Aug 16, 2006 08:52 PM

                  393 3rd Ave, New York 10016
                  At 28th St


                  Better to dine in than take out. Really affordable. Shrimp dishes are great. Large, clean shrimp.

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                    lilhornet Aug 11, 2006 01:07 PM

                    For the best Thai (and inexpensive) if you're not going to make it out to Sripraphai in Queens (which shouldn't be missed, really), Wondee Siam on 9th Ave between 51st and 52nd (Hell's Kitchen)is a good alternative. Don't be confused with Wondee Siam II down the street - it's the newer one and isn't quite a good.

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                      eastvillagegirl Aug 7, 2006 05:52 PM

                      The prices at Saigon Grill were higher than I thought they would be. It is not expensive, but--I thought everything would be a bit lower.
                      Cafetasia on 8th Street, just east of University has great prices. They have a happy hour with many $ 4.00 appetizers with 2 for 1 drinks. I had 2 glasses of chardonney and some fabulous gyozas the other night for $9.00, not including tax and tip. www.cafetasia.com

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                        LA1PP Jul 29, 2006 03:53 PM

                        Try Saigon Grill on 12th Street and University. It opened a month ago. I have not eaten there yet but I checked out the menu and the dishes are very affordable. It is a huge rest. There is also a Vietnamese Rest on 13th and University that has decent food and is affordable. I forgot the name of the rest. though.
                        Lemon Grass Grill on 13 street/between university and 5th is also a good choice for Thai

                        1. bobjbkln Jul 26, 2006 02:46 AM

                          Cambodian Cuisine moved to Manhattan, UES, I think. Someone will have the details. Mai is a sort of pan South East Asian on Atlantic Ave. about Nevins Street. Two or three blocks from the Atlantic Ave./Pacific Street station or Hoyt/Schermerhorn. Definitely affordable.

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                            Pan Jul 25, 2006 06:02 PM

                            Hmmm, not Malaysian? That's part of Southeast Asia, too. If you decide you're interested in Malaysian, go to Skyway, Allen St. between Division and Canal. The consensus opinion is that there is no other Thai restaurant as good as Sripraphai in the Five Boroughs, but I am not current on their prices. I think there is only one Cambodian restaurant in New York (actually in Brooklyn), so not much to choose from. Vietnamese restaurants are usually inexpensive. There's a currently active thread on the Manhattan board about Vietnamese restaurants.

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                              lanamonster Jul 25, 2006 11:38 PM

                              If I'm thinking of the same Cambodian place as you (in Ft. Greene), it's actually closed now. Do you know of any others?

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                                Pan Jul 26, 2006 06:52 AM


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                                  bobjbkln Jul 30, 2006 12:47 AM

                                  They closed because they opened a new restaurant on the Upper East Side. Sorry, I don't know the exact location or the name (unless it also is Cambodian Cuisine).

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                                  laguera Jul 26, 2006 09:53 PM

                                  Actually, Bo Ky, that cheap cheap cheap and good noodle soup shop on Bayard, is Cambodian. Pongsri Thai on Baxter is not as good as Sripraphai, but it is an OK Manhattan alternative.

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                                    Pan Jul 27, 2006 09:12 AM

                                    Bo Ky's name is given on the front of the restaurant in English, Chinese, and Vietnamese, and I believe it to be a Chao Zhou restaurant. Are you sure it's Cambodian?

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