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Katherine H Jan 30, 2007 12:39 PM

Has anyone eaten at Mekong on the corner of 6th Avenue and King Street? I just noticed it yesterday when walking by--I think it's only been open a few months at most--and I'm curious whether it's worth a visit.

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    saloniere Feb 14, 2007 09:41 PM

    They are all related and owned by the same family, though I don't know if I would classify it as a chain - at least not in temperament or vibe. We Nolita locals are bereft of having lost such a prime spot for hanging out and people watching, and feel rather displaced that the place is gone. We called it the black hole as one could spend hours on the porch in the summer.

    While not a culinary temple, a few of the dishes were quite good and very consistent (chicken/papaya salad, fried calamari), though I don't think it would necessarily be considered authentic.

    The new location is quite a bit smaller.

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      goumandette Jan 30, 2007 01:05 PM

      R.I.P. to Mekong on Prince indeed. My best girlfriend and I would stampede over there for the beef carpaccio and cocktails every Friday after work. That place was so good -- soft shell crabs were to die for, and they could handle their noodles pretty well, too. Surprised to hear that the Pho was a let-down, but it is a fusion place so the classics do bear reinterpreting.

      I understand that it is a chain...I'd check it out. Let us know how it is! I still drool sometimes when I think about that carpaccio (it was more of a beef ceviche...ginger, scallion, lime, etc.).

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        kittyboots Jan 30, 2007 12:50 PM

        I've gotten take out there. It was a seitan dish, wasn't quite what I expected it to be but decent just the same. Not fabulous ... decent. Don't know if it's the same owners as the Slope Mekong; the man who owns this one used to own the Mekong on Prince St in Nolita ... I know because he recognized me from there ... very surprising because that was over 6 yrs ago.

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          EVOhNo Jan 30, 2007 12:52 PM

          I loved the Mekong on Prince and was sad to see it go--food and decor were both fantastic in my opinion. I'm going to go check this new one out.

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          alexnyc Jan 30, 2007 12:47 PM

          No, but I've eaten at the one in Park Slope. Don't know if its owned by the same people. It wasn't all that great, either. Pho wasn't good, which was what I wanted.

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