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Need to find a Vietnamese restaurant that is semi upscale

Need to find a Vietnamese restaurant that is semi upscale, any ideas?

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    1. re: small h

      Second Le Colonial. Went a year or so ago. Was quite nice - in fact that reminds me that perhaps I should head back soon since it's so close to work.

      1. re: r32nissan

        3rd Le Colonial,, but I prefer Indochine, which has a more lively , "happening" atmosphere.

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          Is it still "happening"? I haven't been in....years

          1. re: Ttrockwood

            Amazingly, it is still packed with a "fashionable" crowd. Food is good, but not as good as it was in the McNally days. The palm tree paint job, I think is the original, but doesn't look old and shabby.

    2. Omai in Chelsea has a very nice ambiance, I haven't been in years so I can't vouch for the food.

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      1. re: Pookipichu

        Still pretty good food. I guess one's idea of "upscale" can vary. I don't think it would compare to Indochine or Le Colonial for that, but for tasty food in a nice enough setting, it works.

        Edited to add:

        Just noticed your post below. If it's not upscale enough I can't be of much help.

      2. Been to Omai nice but not upscale.

        1. What you want doesn't exist. Vietnamese is not strongly represented in NYC.

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          1. Rouge et Blanc in SoHo also does similar Vietnamese-French dishes.

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              1. re: Bob Martinez

                I was so excited when Sao Mai opened but their quality control seems to have dropped in the last year or so. Last time I walked by, a (nameless) certificate normally displayed by a restaurant was cleverly hidden behind an award decal. There seems to be less attention to detail.

                1. re: hungrycomposer

                  I haven't been in about 8 months. (It's a big city and there are lots of places to eat.) I did have 3 good meals so I figured it was worth a post.

                  The restaurant grading system is a tricky issue. There are plenty of times where a B or C really means that there are serious things wrong but there are plenty of others which are the result of a nitpicking inspector having a bad day. The city is working with the restaurant industry to fix this and I hope they succeed. Right now it's a flawed system.


                    1. re: kathryn

                      And suddenly all of the grades in Manhattan seem to be much worse. The article explains a lot, thanks for posting. Unfortunately the unreasonable regulations render the ratings largely useless. There are times when a bad grade implies bad hygiene and it's impossible for us to tell (unless we have a bad personal experience.)