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Posted by mike on 04/09/2008
Don't let the shabby decor and delightfully kitsch wall hangings (giant pineapple?) put you off. Their food is superb. I've eaten in the restaurant and ordered takeout numerous times - and I've never had a problem - apart from their methodical (some would say slow) service. I think I've eaten almost everything on the menu by now and my favourites are anything that includes grilled seitan and the stewed seitan. Highly recommended.
Posted by breanne on 02/24/2008
The food here is excellent. My friend says the veg Pho is better than regular pho I wouldn't know, but I love it as well. The seitan dishes are excellent. One of my favorite veg places in the city. The service is slow, but I believe it's because the 2 people I assume are the owners do all the work. It's also quite small I wouldn't attempt to go with more than 4 people.
Posted by Hmm on 12/22/2007
When we arrived it took forever to get a table ready for us, and we had to stand in the tiny entrance way for a bit. When we sat down, there was a little sweet cake wrapped in plastic on the table. We noticed the other tables had them, too, so we opened and ate it. We figured it's complimentary. Well, it ended up on our bill and upon further enquiry they said that they put them on all the tables, and if you open it, you have to pay for it! That is just wrong. They took forever to even take our order, the food came out person by person and not at once, and I swear I was bloaded from the Vegetarian Pho. What they're famous for I guess are the $4.50 baguettes, which my friend tried, and said it was fine. The food isn't bad, it's just all the other stuff that goes along with it. It's a tiny place, so call ahead if you're coming with a larger group. The atmosphere is pretty much non-existent. That's it. Bring your own chopsticks to save the trees.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/06/2007
When first I heard tell of this new veggie Viet joint, I jumped for joy! Besides old friends, probably the only thing I miss about living in Boston, MA is a restaurant called Grasshopper. It's my all-time fave place to eat. Bhuda's Delight (also in Beantown) also serves great veggie Viet, so I was wondering when a place like this would show up in NYC. That being said, Lan didn't dissapoint. Upon biting into a Summer Roll, I think I actually may have cried -- tears of joy, of course. They were splendid! A delicate blend of all the perfect stuff I've missed so much! The grilled seitan on rice vermicelli reduced me to a blubbering mass on the floor! Unexciting perhaps, is the fact that more than 70% of the times I've tried to eat at this place, it's been closed during its posted hours. Add to that disappointment the slow delivery and the fact that they've just hiked their prices up without fixing them on here (GET ON IT!) and you're left with an overall experience that's less than perfect. All that aside, however, I've finally got another order of the afore mentioned dishes in front of me as I type and . . . I'm in Heaven! SEITAN TAKE ME AWAAAAAAAY!
Posted by Ella on 07/08/2007
There is absolutely no atmosphere in here. The food is mediocre, and it takes forever. It also doesn't feel very clean in the restaurant. I won't be returning.
Posted by Arnold on 07/07/2007
Spare and unadorned but good vegetarian cuisine served by a cheerful staff eager to please. The food was good and came with helpful verbal instruction as to proper eating technique. I've received the same in other Vietnamese restaurants so table technique diverges from the norm, it seems. I liked it.
Posted by ConGaiVietNam on 05/02/2007
The place is small but cozy. I had the Rice Crepe and Stewed Eggplant and Tofu. The Rice Crepe was pretty good. The Eggplant and Tofu was alright. Overall, nothing Amazing from what i ordered. There was just a small group of people already eating there, so it was surprising we had to wait a while to get our order down. But, there was only one waiter, so it is understandable. Service was not friendly but not rude at all. Also my drink was forgotten so I had to order it again.