The people behind the counter at Saiguette wear headsets - and this tells you, right off the bat, that this little Vietnamese place is a very serious operation. The menu here is huge, and it has everything from pho and spring rolls to lobster curry and steak over rice. The real reason you come here, however, is for the best (and largest) bahn mi on the Upper West Side. Our favorite is the pork shoulder, but they also do them with steak, chicken, and shrimp. Just be aware that this really just a takeout (or delivery) place.
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We eat our fair share of pho, and have to say that Pho Bang satisfies like no other. There aren’t many things better in this world than a huge bowl of oxtail broth with noodles and fixins – and this one is super flavorful and perfectly rich.
Nha Trang One
On a block of Vietnamese places on Baxter Street in Chinatown, Nha Trang is our favorite for pho.
A Park Slope Vietnamese restaurant with an incredible patio. This is not your usual banh mi shop.
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Di An Di
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Community Food & Juice
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