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Posted by anonymous on 03/06/2009
We have been going to SG since it first open on Broadway and 87 all those years ago, the food was good the place very cramp and it was cheap. Now that they are at there new location on Amsterdam, the food is still good, the service is good but it is no longer cheap. We use to be able to eat there, have left overs and get out of there for under twenty bucks. We still eat there have left overs but now the bill is closer to thirty bucks, but hey that is inflation.
Posted by anonymous on 02/27/2009
i don't understand why everyone thinks this place is a bargain. every vietnamese restaurant i've been to in the US is more authentic and the prices are cheaper. $13 for chicken lemograss is a $5 mark-up. $6.50 for summer rolls, $2 mark-up. its fine as a local alternative but it definitely doesn't stand up to any real vietnamese restaurants on food or price. half the menu items are modified chinese food.
Posted by Jess on 02/18/2009
As a long time lover of "Americanized" Vietnamese cuisine, I have tried many places all over this country (and admittedly only a few in this city), and Saigon Grill is simply average. The La Sa Tom soup was a bit bland though the shrimp in it were pretty tasty, the bun was disappointing with dubiously slimy bean sprouts and very little peanut, and the summer rolls were completely standard. The nuoc cham sauce that comes with everything was a bit vinegary for my tastes, and the peanut plum dipping sauce reeked of tamari and was altogether overpowering. My initial estimate of their strengths is that they serve good quality meat. As noted, the shrimp in the La Sa Tom soup were fresh and delicious (not rubbery at all), and the chicken meat in the summer rolls was quite tender. Given the lack of Vietnamese places in the city, I may try this place again, and chalk my experience up to a bad night. I used their delivery service, and be advised, there is a $30 minimum charge for delivery. The delivery wasn't as speedy as I was expecting given the other reviews, but what I've found to be average in this city, about 35 minutes.
Posted by Holly Carrico on 02/11/2009
As a former Upper Westsider, I must say this restaurant is one that I dream of now that I live in the Miami area. Saigon Grill is phenomenal, I miss the Shrimp Bun Xao so much- I am continuously trying to find ANY place that will even come close to comparing to Saigon's and I have eternally been disappointed. The friendly people, fast service (including delivery- one of the fastest I have ever experienced) is unmatched. When I lived on 69th and Riverside I could not get enough- I regularly made my way up to the restaurant and if I didn't I ordered delivery... the value for the taste is unmatched. I miss it so... Do you guys deliver to South Florida? I'll pay you ANYTHING!!
Posted by DS on 01/30/2009
I love SG but stopped ordering for a while out of guilt over everything I'd read...but came back recently and now see the prices aren't what they were before. Maybe they're able to treat their employees better with these new higher prices? enjoy.
Posted by barnaby on 01/10/2009
I echo most people's reviews of this restaurant....it's delicious. The legal entanglements the owners are in with their deliverymen is disgraceful if the claims are true, but the food is much too good to stay away. I was just reading a review of the top 10 ribs joints in NYC and Saigon should have been on it because the BBQ spare rib appetizer is freakin' delicious. The La Sa tom is always yummy, Bun Xao is delightful, and on and on and on. Great food, great price, stupid owners who need to pay their workers a decent wage. PS and those delivery guys, they were amazing. You would be hanging up your phone after placing an order and before the phone was returned to its cradle the doorbell rang and "delivery" was spoken into your intercom.
Posted by Jeff on 01/08/2009
Hey Anonymous- Guess what? There is always someone who says the food is not authentic. Do you think an average Italian would recognize American pizza? Who cares if it's not that authentic? It is an American version of Vietnamese cuisine. And it's good. Saigon Grill is cheap and cheerful and doesn't tried to be anything else. I love it.