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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!

Thanks!

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

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    1. re: kathryn

      I mean below 14th street!

      1. re: Ckone1999

        I've sent a few people to Sao Mai, and they liked it:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/822925

        1. re: kathryn

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

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

      1. 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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        1. re: loratliff

          *Nicky's

          1. re: howdini

            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.

            http://www.vickysvietnamesesandwiches...

            1. re: loratliff

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

          2. re: loratliff

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

            1. re: squid kun

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

          3. Pho Grand

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

              1. 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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                1. re: thegforceny

                  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. 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. 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.