Can anyone help me figure out the name of this restaurant?
The last time I was in NYC (in February on business, but am moving to Manhattan permanently at the end of the month - woohoo!) I was wandering around near Times Square at 11 at night when I came upon this Vietnamese restaurant. I think it was at 50th and 7th, but I don't know. Anyway, it was really late and I wasn't in the mood for unsettling my stomach with anything spicy, so I just got some satay and tom yum. The tom yum was amazing, and was served with a cucumber and carrot mixture pickled in vinegar that was utterly delicious. I'd like to go back when I'm up there again (next week, in preparation for the big move) but I'm not 100% sure of the location, and have no idea what the name is.
Does anyone know? Failing that, does anyone know any good Thai or Vietnamese restaurants in the area? I work at 42nd and Broadway, so anything I could go to and get back to work within an hour would be super. Grazie!
I think you mean Saigon 48, which I did not like all that much. Pam's and Pongsri are both nearby and very good. There are other decent Thais in the area too, like Red Garlic and Thai Basil.
menupages.com should have all of these.
Saigon 48 closed. For thai Pam real Thai is good and I recently tried Q2 Thai and found it to be decent too.
Unless you're just mixing metaphors, as it were, those two items you mention are Thai, not Vietnamese. (There are broadly similar VN dishes, but they wouldn't use those names.)
I don't know if this is the place you meant (or if it's still there), but there used to be a Thai restaurant on 50th just west of 8th. (A vague memory says its "Sawadee Thai" but don't quote me on that.)
Unless I'm going blind (always a possibility), as of a year ago, there was definitely no Thai or VN place within a block of 7th & 50th and none within at least a few blocks except this place on 50th. Something may have been put up very recently, but I can't help you there.
Seeda Thai II is the place I meant, and apparently they do have a Vietnamese "section" of the menu these days (no comment.) They do have a menupages listing if that's of any use - www.menupages.com/restaurantdetails.a....
It's been more than 10 years since I ate there, so this isn't worth much, but I didn't like it enough to go back. Then again I feel that way about almost all the Thai places in Manhattan, so YMMV.
If you're looking for decent Thai Food (and quick) near that area, I would recommend Yum Thai on 44th btw. Broadway & 6th. It's truly fast food, and the prices reflect it- but everything is made to order, and it's a really good value.
Check out pics (and more places in that area) at http://www.midtownlunch.com