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Vietnamese in Soho for birthday dinner

pjdisme Apr 6, 2009 07:05 AM

My 11 year old wants to celebrate her birthday with Vietnamese food while we're in NYC, visiting from NC. We will likely eat in Chinatown several times. Can you recommend a place in Soho for a change of scenery?

  1. bigjeff Apr 8, 2009 12:00 PM

    how about the new place, An Choi on orchard and broome? right in the middle of an "exciting" neighborhood but I haven't been so I don't know if you could actually have a sit-down meal there, or a birthday dinner. but they do have both sandwiches and pho so that tells me it ain't just a sandwich stand.

    1. bigjeff Apr 6, 2009 09:58 AM

      neither soho nor chinatown, you could try Mai House or Viet House in Tribeca for something fancy (both are). or even Indo-Chine for fancier (never ate there tho).

      haven't eaten personally at Mekong in Soho but it fits the bill, cuisine and location wise.

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      1. re: bigjeff
        KTinNYC Apr 6, 2009 10:01 AM

        Are you referring to the Mekong that was on Price? That closed years ago. Did they re-open in a new location?

        1. re: KTinNYC
          bigjeff Apr 6, 2009 08:17 PM

          forgot that it closed but its apparently same owners? i did enjoy some meals at that prince street one, now that I try and remember.

          1. re: KTinNYC
            il Trifulau Apr 7, 2009 01:04 AM

            Mekong is on the corner of 6th Ave and King St.
            It's open and VERY tasty.

          2. re: bigjeff
            lanadai Apr 7, 2009 12:10 PM

            There is also Nam in Tribeca which looks nicer but I've never been there. Also Hoi An in Tribeca is decent.

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            hellohawaii Apr 6, 2009 08:53 AM

            It's on the border of Soho and Chinatown, but there is a place called BUN. It's a bit more stylized than your hole in the wall, pho sort of place. But it might be nice for a bday dinner. Good luck!

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            1. re: hellohawaii
              pjdisme Apr 6, 2009 09:02 AM

              That sounds great for a birthday dinner. Is it Bun Soho?

              1. re: pjdisme
                hellohawaii Apr 6, 2009 10:53 AM

                Yes, it's Bun Soho. It's not my choice for truly authentic, but it's trendy and decent.

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