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Posted by FULLY SATISFIED AND HAPPY DINER on 08/20/2007
My family and I recently celebrated a special occasion here and given the size of 16, we were all pleasantly surprised with the wonderful large 'private' quiet space we got in the back and with the very attentive service to all 16, The decor and ambiance of this Saigon Grill in the Village is more 'elegant' (in a casual sense) than the one on Amsterdam. The ambiance was great for lunch and the food for all 16 with many different appetizers and main courses turned out to be fresh, tasty and large portions. This is not "21" but for the price, you will be happy with the ambiance, food and service. In NYC,this is as good as you can get for these prices. Great deal!
Posted by notzagat on 08/12/2007
Been here twice--once for lunch (pork chops, curry ga and beef com chien--excellent as usual [we had ordered many time at the UES location until it closed]. We found the ingredients fresh, prepared well and tasty. Second time for graduation party. Host ordered: chicken and shrimp summer rolls, spring rolls, fried rice w Chinese sausage, calamari, chicken & beef satays--everything was fresh, full of flavor and well prepared. EG the satays were charred, but not overly chewy, calamari lightly fried, not overly greasy. The appetizers alone were a full meal and we got complimentary special dumplings of the day--similar to chive dumplings, really good! The entrees included beef w string beans; steak cubes (red inside, charred outside--like mini-mignons), pork chops (3 huge cuts, some fat and gristle, bit chewy, but grilled to perfection), grilled salmon (large slab, still tender inside), curry okra (brimming w flavor), curry ga, bun xao, fried prawns & scallops (a sort of sweet & sour seafood but much lighter tamarind sauce and better batter). Rice came w most orders. Service was overly attentive; water refills every 2 minutes, fresh napkins, plates without our asking. We had them rearrange tables and this was done with no problem. The place has high ceilings and tables being are set apart nicely gave a feeling of roominess; but it's still Manhattan,so with a smaller party I suspect it'd be just slightly less cramped than the usual Manhattan eatery. Prices were very fair, cooking was well-done, and ingredients fresh (two of us worked in Chinese restaurants, so we can tell). OK it may not be authentic Vietnamese food; so, when I want good non-Vietnamese knockoff food I will come here.
Posted by food lover on 08/05/2007
If your looking for authentic Vietnamese food, Saigon grill isn't it. They skimp out on quality ingredients in their dishes like pho and charge extra for things like rice that would typically come with dishes like soup. I tried it because so many people recommended it but I'd rather jump on the 6 train and head down to Chinatown where I can get great authentic Vietnamese food at great prices. The atmosphere was actually pretty decent and roomy which is what you don't get in Chinatown but I'd prefer food quality over atmosphere any day.
Posted by Love Saigon Grill on 08/01/2007
When we lived on UWS, we only ordered from Saigon Grill and this was 2x a wk. The food was consistently excellent and service was efficient and quick. Sad for our UEast relatives and friends that the East Side Rest. closed. But we were relieved and grateful that there is a Saigon Grill on University Place....as we moved to Village last yr. And again, the food is always fresh, tasty and top quality! For the price, we cannto top this in NYC! And when they were still delivering, we ordered at least 2x a wk. But sad about their labor disputes that resulted in NO MORE DELIVERIES....hope that gets resolved. But we did maka trip to eat in the University Place restaurant on Sat afternoon for lunch.....as it is always too crowded and noisy in the evenings. This restaurant was quite spacious and appealing and has comfortable seating with certain privacy from next table. For a restaurant in this price range, this was a VERY NICE SURPRISE! BUT MOST OF ALL, THE FOOD WAS GREAT and again for this price, you cannot top this in NYC. And we are an Asian American family...... When in doubt about the quality of an Asian restaurant, /food, just look around and see how many Asians are eating there and this will give you insight into the quality of the food................Saigon Grill usually has at least 1/2 customers who were Asians.!
Posted by Quality on 07/07/2007
Very similar to L'Annam, a block or so north. Efficient to the point of being mechanical. Spacious in a cavernous interior, Saigon Grill serves good food tastefully. A good choice.
Posted by ZenFoodster on 07/07/2007
The biggest & best in decor of the 3, this near-NYU offshoot also boasts a great bar area! As a regular since Day 1 @ the uptown joint which is now temporarily closed, I haven’t currently frequented here as much as usual..due to absurd increases in prices catered to making money off the “gweilo”-white folk (while we asians know that there’s much cheaper, authentic vietnamese in C-town), long waits, and recent picket lines formed by mistreated staff. However, here are the pros to go...Besides the Spring Roll (“Cha Gio”), a MUST TRY genuine-tasting item, the other non-authentic Vietnamese dishes are packed with flavor - Shrimp Summer Roll, Sugar Cane Shrimp, Fried Calamari, Curry Chicken or Shrimp, *Special faves to note: any of the soups or “Pho’s” are divine & the Grilled Porkchops & Filet Mignon Cubes (“Bo Luc Lac”) are so perfectly cooked that they alone will keep you going back for more. Don’t forget to savor each bite with a lil’ bit of the cuisine’s staple sauce (“Nuoc Cham”) & one of their tasty cocktails to wash it all down.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/24/2007
This place has fantastic food, but it has not had a delivery service since it opened and it is sooooo frustrating!