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Posted by Travel on 08/07/2013
I pass by this restaurant frequently and always appreciated the sophisticated, austere decor. After seeing it on a list of zagat chelsea restos, i decided it was time to try. Well, after all that...sad. Decor is still appealing and a marked upgrade from the usual midrange asian eatery. Service is curt but fine. Key downfall is the smell of the restaurant and the food. There is a closed smell to the resto, with a lingering smell of fish paste. Not fresh and inviting. Nor was the beef fresh in the beef salad and there was too much day old lettuce used as garnish on very dish. We had veg spring rolls, beef salad, grilled chicken and bef with sate sauce. M
Posted by Jonathan Leaf on 01/30/2013
THis is one of the best deals in New Yorfk. The food is very tasty, not greasy and reasonably priced. And the place is clean and elegant.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/09/2013
Rule: Never eat in an Asian restaurant where rice is extra! If you do, you deserve to be taken advantage of!
Posted by FrauKritisch on 02/19/2012
We've been here last Friday. After reading the good reviews we thought we can't go wrong, but unfortunately it was very disappointing. We will not be back, there are so many other good places in NY. Food: Overpriced! Small plates! Unappetizing Food is totally overpriced and on the smaller side. We had the duck for $19 which was just a few pieces of duck. That's all. No vegetables, no rice (rice is extra). We also had a curry for $19 which was a very small portion and not especially tasty (taste was not bad, but it was subpar). You need two entrees for one person to get satisfied. Because I am a lover of Vietnamese food we have eaten it all over the world... also in Vietnam but also many times here in New York. I must say this was the poorest experience. Drinks: $11 for a small glass of vodka tonic. The mix was not good. Don't understand it because even I can mix a vodka tonic. Service: We had two waitresses. The Vietnamese waitress was very nice. The other one was very pushy and a bit rude. Restaurant: It was empty on a Friday night. Now we know why. Every other restaurant we've passed on our way was packed with people.
Posted by Eric on 03/10/2011
I brought 5 people for dinner and ordered the tasting menu. Every dish was fantastic and they brought an enormous amount of food. Just wish this place was open for lunch. It's so close to my office...
Posted by Luis Lujan on 11/16/2010
Cozy nondescript place. Crowd seems discerning and well traveled: like the people one sees traveling in Vietnam. In fact, the food is excellent and authentic though the drinks were also as disappointingly weak as those one gets in Vietnam. Meat and fish oriented but as a vegetarian I left very satisfied. Service prompt and friendly.
Posted by H From Melbourne Australia on 09/23/2010
Visiting NYC for two weeks and spent some time in Chelsea. Omai offered lovely fresh flavors and quality ingredients. Had a great lobster salad and my partner had the omelette for first course. Both were great. Entree was great too. I had the Duck with tasty dipping sauce my partner shrimp and pork combo. After a couple of dinners of over cooked Italian - we are going there again tonight!