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Aug 2, 2011 01:34 PM

Authentic Vietnamese in Manhattan

Can anyone recommend an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in Manhattan?

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  1. pho bang 157 mott street. along with the pho try the grilled pork chop over rice they use a very nice grain of rice and the pork chop is very delicious. try some summer or spring rolls too and whatever catches your eye

    Pho Bang
    157 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    1. What standards are you measuring against? I'm asking because if you're looking for something as good as what you can find in Vietnam - or in cities with a large Vietnamese community you'll be disappointed (my parents are from Vietnam, by the way). However, there are places decent enough to tide you over if you have a craving. The intro to Village Voice's Top 10 Vietnamese places (a list I agree with, considering the slim pickins) in New York says it all:

      "Alas, New York City isn't one of the great Vietnamese culinary capitals of the world. Which is too bad, because, at least in our minds, Vietnamese cuisine is one of the best on the globe. But you can still find some decent Viet grub. You just have to know where to look."

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      1. re: waxyjax

        whoe, that list is missing my go-to place in Manhattan though. It's where me and my Vietnamese-American friends also like to go:

        Xe Lửa
        86 Mulberry St
        New York, NY 10013

        I like getting the Bánh cuốn: Steamed Rice Crepe w/ Minced Pork & Ear Mushrooms...again, not as great as in other cities, but still better than other places in NYC.

        Xe Lua
        86 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: waxyjax

          by chance i ended up at Banh Mi Zon last night - serious eats had rated it the best Banh Mi in Manhattan. I would definitely agree. you should try the #5 with Nem nướng (pork patties) - the flavors were very legit. they also make other dishes, like broken rice and Vietnamese yogurt. i'll be back to see how those are.

          on another note, V Nam cafe has my favorite Chả giò (spring rolls) in the city

          Banh Mi Zon
          443 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

          V-Nam Cafe
          20 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003