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Nam Son Vietnamese Restaurant

29 Apr

Nam Son Vietnamese Restaurant

Rating: ★★★★☆
245 Grand Street (btwn Bowery & Chrystie St), New York, NY 10002
(212) 966-6507
Price: $
Hours:
Mon – Sun 12 pm – 11 pm
Nearest Transit:
Grand Street (B, D)
Bowery (J, M)
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NAM SO’N is a great place to get authentic Vietnamese dishes. They’re second on my list (use to be first) of restaurants to visit for Vietnamese food, Pho Bang Restaurant is first. Nam Son’s food is very consistent and they come at a great value (huge portions at a low cost), but Pho Bang triumphs them because they’re tastier and slightly cheaper. I like Nam Son’s grilled pork chops, but their bun and pho are not bad either.

Nam Son Vietnamese Restaurant
Com Suon Bi (Grilled Pork Chop on White Rice) – $5.25

Nam Son Vietnamese Restaurant
Pho Ca Vien (Combination Rice Noodles Beef Soup w. Fish Balls) – $5.50

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Baoguette Cafe

21 Apr

Baoguette Cafe

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
37 St. Mark’s Pl (btwn 2nd Ave & 1st Ave), New York, NY 10003
Website
(347) 892-2614
Price: $
Hours:
Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am – 12 am
Fri-Sat 11 am – 2 am
Nearest Transit:
Astor Place (6)
8th St-Broadway (R, W)
1st Ave-14th St (L)
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Baoguette Cafe is a small Vietnamese sandwich and noodle house that looks like your average modern Southeast Asian street cafe. Their store front is retractable and on nice days they leave the complete front wall open. The majority of their customers takeout but they do have seats, either at the bar or on communal tables. Customers also have the option to order online and either pickup or have it delivered. They don’t accept credit cards, CASH only.

In terms of food, their sandwiches are decent, but everything else is very disappointing. Their bread is moderately fresh and they’re generous with the ingredients, but you can get a better Vietnamese sandwich at Paris Bakery or Bahn Mi Saigon for a fraction of the cost. Their Noodles and Rice dishes are to be avoided at all cost. They over season their meats leaving it extremely salty and unbearable to eat. If you want some real Vietnamese noodles (Pho or B’UN) or rices dishes head over to Pho Bang on Mott Street where it’s more authentic and cost effective.

Baoguette Cafe
Baoguette (Classic Banh Mi) – $5

Baoguette Cafe
B’UN BO – $9

Paris Sandwich Bakery Cafe

15 Apr

Paris Sandwich Bakery Cafe

Rating: ★★★☆☆
113 Mott St (btwn Canal St & Hester St), New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-7221
Price: $
Nearest Transit:
Canal Street (M, Z, N, Q, R, W, 6)
Grand Street (B, D)
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Paris Sandwich Bakery Cafe has a good variety of Banh Mi (Vietnamese) sandwiches. Their baguettes are made fresh on the premises and their sandwiches are served toast hot in a timely manner. I usually order the Paris Special Baguette (Banh Mi Dac Biet – $4) or the Shredded Chicken Baguette (Banh Mi Nem Nuong – $4). In addition to their sandwiches, they also serve a host of Vietnamese appetizers, entrees, drinks, desserts, and snacks. I’ve tried their shrimp ($4) and spring rolls ($2.50), which are decent and I’m a fan of their green tea waffle ($1), but I absolutely hate their mango paradise dessert. It taste like sugar water with a few small pieces of mango and lychee. Even worse, I purchased it after coming across a very misleading advertisement (see pic below). Needless to say, I don’t recommend the mango paradise, but overall Paris Sandwich is a great place for a Banh Mi baguette or a green tea waffle and nothing else.

Paris Sandwich Bakery Cafe
Green Tea Waffle – $1

Paris Sandwich Bakery Cafe
Mango Paradise – comparison of the advertised and actual product

Pho Bang Restaurant

11 Sep

Pho Bang Restaurant

Rating: ★★★★★
157 Mott St (btwn Broome & Grand St), New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-3797
Price: $
Hours:
Mon-Sun 10 am – 10 pm
Nearest Transit:
Bowery (J)
Grand St (B, D)
Spring St (4, 6, 6X)
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The absolute best place to go for Vietnamese food in the city. Not to be missed.

Pho Bang offers authentic Pho that is very hard to come by outside of Viet-Nam. In addition to the great food, the prices are extremely cheep compared to city standards. My usual order is a small bowl of Pho or Bun, which is actually huge and a order of spring rolls (4 deep fried rolls). Subtotal for both comes out to less the $10USD, now that’s great  value! Remember to bring cash, this places does not take plastic.

Pho Bang Restaurant

Pho Bang Restaurant