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Sep 15, 2012 11:51 AM

Vietnamese - Central Ave Scarsdale

I checked out the sign in the window of the buidling that used to be Red Barn Pizza. It says that the restaurant will soon be "Saigaonase" (I think that's how it was spelled) Vietnamese restaurant. That should make a lot of people happy (if it's good!).

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  1. That's the best news I've heard all week. I literally just ordered some banh mi from a place in midtown after the craving wouldn't subside. Hallelujah!

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    1. re: foodiemom10583

      so desperate for banh mi, drove to grand street

    2. Oh my... this better happen. If it's good then it should be a hit. Just look at how busy H-Mart has been since it opened in Hartsdale!

      1. ok this made my day. I just got back from Austin where I had great Vietnamese. Hope this place is half as good.

        1. Hope it is a real vietnames restaurant and not one of those Vietnamese/French Colonial fusion type places. (The name "Saigonaise" scares me, if that is indeed the proper spelling, I am guessing). Even so, it may still make a great Pho. Anyway, is it in Scarsdale or Hartsdale proper? What does the space look like? Hopefully, it is a dump because that means the food might not be to foo fooey.

          The name reminds me of that mediocre "Maison Japonaise" in Murry Hill which was neither good French nor Japanese cuisine. At least French Colonial Vietnamese is more of a legit cuisine, so I will reserve judgement.

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          1. re: jcmods

            It's 158 S. Central Avenue in Hartsdale. The building is a small, red barn.

              1. re: scarsdalesurprise

                They put up their sign yesterday. It says:
                Authentice Vietnamese cusine

                1. re: scarsdalesurprise

                  What makes you say that? Has the place even opened yet?
                  There are tons of places in Chinatown that look like dumps but have amazing food.

                  1. re: iluvcookies

                    I was never inside that space when it was a pizza place, but it does look kind of small. However , the sign was pretty sophisticated looking and I've seen lots of work trucks there. If the sign is any indication, it doesn't. appear to be heading into the "dive"
                    category. No website yet.

                    1. re: iluvcookies

                      I drive by that building every day - it's far from fancy. I never said that meant the food wouldn't be good.

                      1. re: scarsdalesurprise

                        Well, whatever the inside looks like, I think it ranks as one of the most exciting culinary events this year in Westchester.

                        1. re: Maryld

                          I stopped by yesterday to take a look. I couldn't see inside, but they had just put in new windows and it seemed that they were totally gutting and renovating it. Also the outside looks like it had just gotten a coat of paint. Didn't it use to be dark barn red?

                        2. re: scarsdalesurprise

                          I meant "dump" in a good the Chinatown places that are divey with great food. Usually, places that try too hard to look nice end up serving mediocre food....and the last thing we need is another "fusion" type place. God lets hope it is the real thing. We drove past it yesterday and it still was not open. However, it looks like they painted the red barn white.

                          1. re: jcmods

                            I forgot to say that in my conversation with the Co-Owner, one of the "problems" they encountered was a leak in the roof. When I drove by this weekend, looked as if work was being done on it.

                            1. re: Jon1856

                              I really hope Sandy did not delay the opening (especially the leak in the roof). I was hoping this place would be open by now.

                              1. re: jcmods

                                I haven't seen much activity at all over the last couple of weeks. The building looks okay, though.

                  2. Please update when they are open for business. I'm not in that neighborhood regularly but will make a special trip to try it.

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                    1. re: Sloth

                      Westchester needs a good Viet Nam restaurant. The closest decent place for this food is now "The Viet Nam" in Spring Valley over the Tappen Zee and that is quite a trip!!