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Posted by Bashan on 07/07/2009
This place has delicious steamed salmon and sea bass. Such a simple dish -- steamed with scallions and soy sauce or something. But it is fresh and healthy and tasty. On the other side of the healthiness ledger, their grilled pork chops is phenomenal. So good.
Posted by Food auditor on 06/14/2009
Geez.. where to begin... So, I was craving dinner the other night and ordered a couple dishes -> Pho and a chicken with noodles dish. The pho was disappointing. The soup arrives far too cold to actually cook the meat (fair enough, you could heat it up again) which is of bottom quality anyway. The noodles are awful. There are only a couple other ingredients. Even the lemon was old...I mean, how do you get lemons wrong? The chicken/noodles is another dish that should be easy, but it was easily the worst I've had at any Asian restaurant in the city in five years. That says a lot because we order and go out several times a week. I am flabbergasted that people have rated the food as highly as they have - there are many, many better Asian restaurants in the area - only problem is, they are mostly Thai places. This is the only Vietnamese place I know of in this area and to my chagrin, I wouldn't go again if it were free. I know there are some places for pho in Chinatown - if you want pho, which I really like, you'd probably have better luck there.
Posted by hungry1 on 03/25/2009
This is really one of the rare cases where I wish I'd put my trust in fellow diners/reviewers. If you order a plain old bo-bun, and you like your vermicelli cooked to pulp, and your grilled pork half raw, and your veggies limp, and your wine garnished with a fruitfly, Saigon 48 is the place to go. If not, do yourself a favor and save yourself time and money by avoiding this place like the plague. The only thing it has going for it is the location, and if it weren't for hundreds of starved low-budget tourists, it'd have been out of business two weeks after opening. If that long.
Posted by Delivery Guys Need to be NICER! on 01/26/2009
The food at Saigon 48 is solid..nothing to write home about, but a good fix when you're in a rush and tight on cash (especially for delivery). Food arrives relatively quickly and at a decent temperature. BUT, this restaurant really needs to train its delivery guys to be nicer. I've left 15% tip each time, and they rarely say thank you or acknowledge me. RUDE!
Posted by Craig on 01/19/2009
Try the Designing Dish. Great healthy alternative to standard take-out. 4 Vegetable choices and a meat, steamed with house curry sauce and brown rice. With #31 Grandma's recipe soup.. excellent.
Posted by NYCvisitor on 12/25/2008
I am Vietnamese. This place does not serve authentic Vietnamese food. There were 10 of us and we ordered different things. The only dish that was good was grilled pork chops with rice. The pho is not real pho at all.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/21/2008
We had a great dinner here last night. Very interesting menu and all of our choices were delicious. The wine list was extremely reasonable we had a good bottle of red wine for $20. Our waitress was courteous and good. Food was served quickly but not too fast. There was a bus boy who kept filling our glasses with water we never had to ask. I strongly recommend this and the location can't be beat if you are going to theatre.