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Thai/Vietnamese S. of 14th Street?

Gimlet May 20, 2008 07:36 AM

Hi! Extremely picky visitors in town who want Thai or Vietnamese -- high tolerance for spice, willing to spend and want a decent atmosphere (i.e., not take-out/storefront). Any suggestions welcome -- thanks so much!!

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  1. Brian S RE: Gimlet May 20, 2008 05:43 PM

    If they are extremely picky I'd take 'em to Queens... but today's digest had a glowing report on a Thai place in the Village. http://www.chow.com/digest/5560

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      keith RE: Gimlet May 20, 2008 08:09 PM

      I'd take them to Zabb on 13th and 2nd for some Isan specialties. Ask for the food Thai Spicy For vietnamese, there's the regulars in Chinatown (Nha Trang, Cong Li, Pho Tu Do, etc)

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        Lau RE: keith May 21, 2008 02:06 PM

        here's my post on zabb city (which i really like): http://www.chowhound.com/topics/521371

        i agree on rhong tiam as well...that khao soi is really awesome

        like jaiya as well, but i havent been there in quite a while

        Saigon Grill - please dont go here, one of the worst viet restaurants ive ever been there (been there multiple times, really tried to like it b/c its close to my apt, but its just terrible)

      2. egit RE: Gimlet May 21, 2008 11:48 AM

        JaiYa in Murray Hill is also very good. I haven't eaten at Zabb or Rong-Tiam. Sripraphai, in woodside, is widely thought to be the best and most authentic.

        I haven't had mind-blowing viet experiences, but the Pho at Cong Ly is really good.

        1. scarlet starlet RE: Gimlet May 21, 2008 01:48 PM

          I really like Klong (www.klongnyc.com), it's on St. Marks b/w 2nd and 3rd.

          They only sell sandwiches, but Nicky's on E. 2nd near Ave A makes killer banh mi.

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            winston669 RE: Gimlet May 21, 2008 01:49 PM

            If you dont want to venture out to Queens, they have perfectly fine Vietnamese at Siagon Grill on University --its clean and sometimes thats what matters most to me -- other than good food and nice service!

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