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May 31, 2007 07:01 AM

Saigon Grill -- still under siege?

I recall a while back that Saigon Grill was in a tangle over labor and wage issues, and there was a steady protest going on at their UWS location. Can anyone tell me if this is still going on, or if it's been resolved? I'm from out of town and I want to know whether I should bother putting them on my list of things to do when I'm in the City in June. Also, I'm not keen to cross a picket line. Thanks!

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  1. The wage issue has not been resolved but the protest do not happen daily. I don't go to Saigon Grill because the food is mediocre. NYC is not really great for Vietnamese food but there are much better options, Cong Ly for one.

    1. Horrible food there, all labor problems aside.

      There is a decent Vietnamese place in Chinatown called VIETNAM.

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      1. re: Liquid Sky

        I thought it was just me. I went to the Univ. Place one and was underwhelmed by it, compared to some little hole-in-the-wall spots in L.A. and here. I always will seek out the smaller establishment, and this is a good example of why.

        1. re: sing me a bar

          I don't know why, but I continue to love their food (although I haven't been back since the labor dispute began). I've always found it to be very tasty!

      2. I adore Saigon Grill - it's one of my top 5 restaurants in NYC, honestly. Incredible food, cheap prices. The one on the UWS is open, and there's a new branch open in Union Square that's huge. I'm anxiously awaiting the UES opening. Very disappointed about their labor and wage issues, but I'm not sure it is enough for me to boycott...

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        1. re: Jel212

          There's Asia Grill on the UES (2 and 65?). I don't know if it's the same owner, or if the restaurant is merely "related" like all of the Grand Sichuans and Ray's. The vietnamese menu is nearly identical, down to graphics and typeface. The green papaya salad there is exactly the same as the one on Univ as well. The quality of food there is consistently non-toxic, but not incredible.

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