best cheap south east asian in nyc?
looking for affordiable and tasy cambodian, thai, vietnamese restaurants in manhattan or brooklyn.
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.
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.
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
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
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.