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Thai/Vietnamese S. of 14th Street?

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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. 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

    1. 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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      1. re: keith

        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. 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. 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.

          1. 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!