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Jun 22, 2010 07:32 PM

Looking to rediscover very good large Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown - but can't remember name or address - HELP!

I know there's a LOT of Vietnamese places - but I remember this one having a particularly large main room with high ceilings - very casual ambiance - lots of Vietnamese eating there. I can't for the life of me remember the name of the place or where it is. Would be much appreciative if someone could tell me where it is - or make a similarly good recommendation.
Also, looking for good restaurant suggestions in the Financial District for interesting food as well :) Thanks in advance

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  1. The only place, and I'm sorry to be vague, that might possibly fit that description (large room) is on Centre Street, adjacent to the penitentiary and the Criminal Court building at 100 Centre. I don't know the name and don't even know if it is still Vietnamese, but historically, has been.

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    1. re: nooyawka

      Is that Nha Trang?

      Nha Trang
      148 Centre St, New York, NY 10013

    2. Based on your description, the two restaurants that come to mind are 1) Pho Tu Do (now called New Pho Tu Do) on Bowery, between Grand and Hester Sts., and 2) Thai Son on Baxter, between Canal and Bayard St. Coincidentally, those are my two favorites for Vietnamese in Manhattan (Thai Son for their pho, and Pho Tu Do for spring rolls and other dishes).

      Thai Son
      89 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

      1. sounds like Nha Trang Centre. You come in and there is a screen of some sort, the cashier is in the corner to your left, room is almost twice the size of most. with that said, not the best but, a good one. and yes, tall ceilings.

        BklynBlaise, New Tu Do is about half the size of Nha Trang and even their old space (across the street) wasn't that big either. Thai Son is pretty small too, the room that is. If anything, there is a large-ish place on Mulberry, Pho Viet Huang, that is relatively spacious but again, based on the OPs description, I'm sure it's Nha Trang Centre.

        Nha Trang
        148 Centre St, New York, NY 10013