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BEST FORLunch; dinner
BARYes - beer and wine only
PRICE (PHO; BUN; MAINS)USD 4.75-6; USD 4.50-6; USD 5.00-10.50
FAMOUS PLATESPho; spring and summer rolls; bun with pork chops; bo luc lac; ban xeo
DRINKS AND WINEBeer; wine; Vietnamese coffee
# OF SEATS30-50
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
SUBWAYCanal St.-Centre St. (J, Z); Canal St.-Broadway (N, Q, R); Canal St.-Lafayette St. (6)
In the Chinatown land of nondescript Vietnamese joints, this restaurant stands out from the rest. It’s as casual and low-key as restaurants come (refreshingly so, amid the bedlam of Canal Street), with basic furniture and sparse décor, but this 20-year-old gem buzzes with eclectic crowds of tourists and loyal locals looking for a fast, hearty, wallet friendly, and reliably tasty meal. The menu itself is extensive and dependable–you can’t go wrong with any of the choices, be it the pho, spring rolls, or papaya salads.
A widely varied bunch of families, tourists, local business folk, and jurors from the courthouse nearby.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Super casual; show up in a favorite t-shirt, comfortable jeans, and nice sneakers or fun flats.
GO HERE WITH
Family; friends; kids
WHY WE LIKE IT
Unlike so many other spots in the area, this restaurant is clean, the fare is reliable, and the prices unbeatable. It’s a great spot to grab some authentic Vietnamese without breaking the bank.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Some gripe that the bathrooms are icky. Also, service has been known to suffer when the place gets crowded.
GOOD TO KNOW
Because this restaurant does not take reservations and gets pretty crowded, you might get stuck sharing tables with strangers when you want to sit down. Takeout is available.
Chinatown (New York)
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