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Vietnamese for 6 or 7 in Chinatown: Any recommendations?

samchow Jul 16, 2007 03:47 PM

Can anyone recommend a good Vietnamese place at which a party of six or seven people will be comfortable? I am looking for a place in Chinatown or very close to it. This is for dinner, not a lunch, later this week. Thanks in advance.

  1. foodmonk Jul 16, 2007 04:18 PM

    Just want to caution first off that New York is not really known for its Vietnamese cuisine. That being said, you will find pretty decent pho and accountrements at Nha Trang on Centre between Walker and White in Chinatown. You can probably get the staff to move some tables together for six.

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    1. re: foodmonk
      geekygirl Jul 16, 2007 07:47 PM

      I actually prefer Nha Trang on 87 Baxter. The food there is much tastier. There's also Pho Bang on 157 Mott St. which is pretty good too. NYC has a really small Vietnamese population, so you won't find outstanding Viet restaurants as you would out west, Houston or New Orleans.

      1. re: geekygirl
        foodmonk Jul 17, 2007 02:00 AM

        I like the Baxter location as well, but the tables are tiny and seating is crowded! At least, last time I went there. It has been two years.

        1. re: foodmonk
          geekygirl Jul 17, 2007 03:43 PM

          It's true that it's a tiny place, but they do have at least 4 tables that can accommodate at least 6-7 people. I've brought in a party of 10 before and they were really great about seating us.

    2. k
      kobetobiko Jul 16, 2007 04:32 PM

      You can also try Thaison on Baxter Street. I have seen plenty of big parties dining there.

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      1. re: kobetobiko
        gaijingirl Jul 16, 2007 05:30 PM

        New Pho Pasteur (great Kho!) (First choice)
        Pho Du Tu (second choice, over on the Bowery.)

        Both good - but go with New Pho first...! (Not overly fancy, but the food is good.)

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        big o Jul 17, 2007 07:58 AM

        Cong Ly, on Hester

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          LunchStudio Jul 17, 2007 08:03 AM

          It's true that NYC is not really known for Viet cuisine but Xe Lua, a new place on Mulberry right below Canal just opened and it's great. The ownership seems to be Vietnamese and not Chinese-Vietnamese. Everything we've had (besides the spring rolls) has been pretty good. Not your typical Chinatown Vietnamese fare

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          1. re: LunchStudio
            foodmonk Jul 17, 2007 08:24 AM

            Wow, thanks for the tip!

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