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Vietnamese food in the downtown area?

Ckone1999 Oct 29, 2013 08:32 AM

Can anyone recommend some good Vietnamese restaurants in the downtown area? I am fine with a dive-ish, bare-bones setting, as long as the food is good!


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    kathryn Oct 29, 2013 08:34 AM

    When you say downtown do you mean Wall St/Financial District or do you mean below 14th St?

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      Ckone1999 Oct 29, 2013 08:45 AM

      I mean below 14th street!

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        kathryn Oct 29, 2013 11:13 AM

        I've sent a few people to Sao Mai, and they liked it:

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          Peter Cuce Oct 29, 2013 02:06 PM

          What did you like there? I found it pretty bad.

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      Simon Oct 29, 2013 01:43 PM

      i like An Choi, though mainly i just order the summer rolls and glasses of wine...

      1. loratliff Oct 29, 2013 06:04 PM

        I like the banh mi at Vicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches on 2nd Street between A and B.

        Pho Grand (on Grand) has the best pho I've found in Manhattan.

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          howdini Nov 4, 2013 06:04 AM


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            loratliff Nov 4, 2013 06:42 AM

            Unless I can't read a sign on my own block, it's called Vicky's—the two owners had a falling out and one elected to continued under a new name (and by peeling off a portion of the "N" on the sign), but thanks for the non-correction.


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              howdini Nov 4, 2013 06:54 AM

              Ah, sorry about that; l didn't know about the name change.

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            squid kun Dec 4, 2013 12:01 PM

            I see Vicky's just closed ... http://evgrieve.com/2013/12/vickys-vi...

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              loratliff Dec 4, 2013 01:40 PM

              Yes. :( I noticed them shuttered last week. I think their last day was the 25th. Very sad.

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            AubWah Oct 30, 2013 07:23 AM

            Pho Grand

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              Ckone1999 Oct 30, 2013 09:09 AM

              Thank you all. I'm looking forward to trying these places out.

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                thegforceny Oct 30, 2013 10:01 AM

                V Cafe http://www.viet-cafe.com/

                My friend whose family owns Truc Orient Express in West Stockbridge, MA and another in SanFran (cant recall name) takes me here.

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                  foodwhisperer Nov 4, 2013 08:46 PM

                  V Cafe aka Viet Cafe in Tribeca has some good dishes. Their menu is extensive. Although I like Nicky's, I don't really consider Nicky's a restaurant , it is more of a snack stop.
                  Viet Cafe dishes I recommend are the soups, the mussels, the vegetarian crab cakes, the chili shrimp, and the fish. The pho is so -s o.
                  I used to eat in C town at Pho Bang. My Vietnamese friend always said it was authentic, although not great.

                2. kokoro Nov 4, 2013 07:17 AM

                  If you're looking for outside the Chiantown/Lower East Side area, Saigon Shack in Greenwich Village serves some of the better banh mi's and pho bowls that I've had Would also recommend Sao Mai in East Village for their pho as well.

                  1. howdini Nov 4, 2013 09:03 PM

                    V-nam Cafe on 1st Av. between 1st and 2nd street is good, too. l like the bahn mi, and the spring rolls and Clay Pot Red Curry Fish Rice are really good.

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