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I want some vietnamese food in Westchester

soundsource Sep 7, 2010 09:26 AM

Can someone please tell me why there are no Vietnamese restaurants in Westchester or if there are where are they ?

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    chipmonger RE: soundsource Sep 7, 2010 10:13 AM

    Where are you in Westchester? If you are near the CT border, there is a very nice Vietnamese restaurant in Danbury called Pho Vietnam.

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      raider RE: soundsource Sep 7, 2010 11:38 AM

      and the folks in hell would like some ice water.

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        BlueSoup RE: soundsource Sep 7, 2010 04:45 PM

        I work in White Plains and wish there were some Vietnamese restaurants around. Luckily, I live in Danbury, so I can get my fix at Pho Vietnam, but it makes no sense that there isn't a single Vietnamese restaurant in all of Westchester County. I'm always wanting a bowl of pho at lunch in the winter. Maybe the next time I am in Pho Vietnam, I will let the nice owner man know of a goldmine just waiting for him to expand into.

        BTW, Pho Vietnam was recently renovated and is a lot easier on the eyes now.

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          Marge RE: BlueSoup Sep 7, 2010 07:20 PM

          It's been a few years since I worked in White Plains, but Hong Kong Chef, a Chinese divey take-out on Mamaroneck Avenue also had (don't know if they still do) a Vietnamese menu. Their pho, while not great, was ok.

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            BlueSoup RE: Marge Sep 8, 2010 09:02 AM

            I tried it last winter. sadly, no, not even close.

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            chipmonger RE: BlueSoup Sep 8, 2010 07:04 AM

            Agreed, the renovation at Pho Vietnam is easier on the eyes...but harder on the ears. The room is louder and has more echoes / reverberation. But the food is great!

            And even though the cuisine is from a tropical or sub-tropical region, Pho and winter is a perfect match :-)

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            rkaene RE: soundsource Sep 7, 2010 06:02 PM

            I have been bugging the owners of our favorite vietnamese restaurant in the city ( Nha Trang Centre), to open one, as well as the owners of my local nail salon, who is aevidently a great cook. no luck yet.

            1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: soundsource Sep 7, 2010 06:07 PM

              It can't be that far off.... what with the opening of the new falafel place in Hastings and the new Ethiopian place in Mt. Kisco... two things I never thought I'd see in Westchester!! Incidentally, I had Vietnamese food for the first time in (suburban!) Massachusetts a few weeks ago, and I finally understand why everyone is clamoring for it in Westchester!

              1. adamclyde RE: soundsource Sep 9, 2010 08:52 PM

                for the entire time I lived in the area, it frustrated me that there were no vietnamese restaurants. That said, it's not surprising. For most non Vietnamese, the prevailing perception is that it's an intimidating cuisine. Once people experience good vietnamese, they realize it's among the freshest, vibrant cuisines out there, but if you ask most Americans who aren't here on Chowhound, I bet most have preconceived notions about it that aren't necessarily favorable. For that reason, unless there's a pretty large Vietnamese community around, most people aren't going to risk starting up a restaurant that they fear most people will avoid. So even if there were a vietnamese restaurant in Westchester (or lower FF county for that matter) I'm pretty sure it would at least start out as a fusion place or be masked as a Chinese restaurant to try and draw in the gringo (well, you know what I mean).

                Or you can do what I just did and move to Huntington Beach, about 10 minutes from Little Saigon. :-) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_S...

                OK, that was smug on my part. I'll stop there.

                1. jcmods RE: soundsource Aug 26, 2011 10:07 AM

                  Someone heard a rumor about Ardsley, but the thread was taken down for some reason. (In one of the shopping plazas on Saw Mill River Road)

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