Saigon Market

★★★★☆
  • 93 University Pl

    New York, NY 10003

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  • 212-982-3691

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Pretty good vietnamese food here. Service is quick, food is ready fast. Nice atmosphere, but unlikely to impress anyone. It's a big space.

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★★★★★

Pretty good vietnamese food here. Service is quick, food is ready fast. Nice atmosphere, but unlikely to impress anyone. It's a big space.

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The place is wonderful!
the pho-bo was really great! as well as the fried shrimp!
large portions, very filling

the service is normal I guess, especially for the price
Saigon Grill is usually very crowded, so if your a walk-in be prepared to wait a while.
will come back soon! I always get the cravings for some pho.

2
★★★★☆

The place is wonderful!
the pho-bo was really great! as well as the fried shrimp!
large portions, very filling

the service is normal I guess, especially for the price
Saigon Grill is usually very crowded, so if your a walk-in be prepared to wait a while.
will come back soon! I always get the cravings for some pho.

Pros: very inexpensive and large portions

Cons: service is close to none, had to wait a few minuites to get service

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My food came to the table 5 minutes after I ordered it: noodles stuck together like glue, way too skimpy on the meat, basil was blackening and wilted; the whole dish was cold; it was clear they re-stir-fried the lunchtime leftovers and tried to pass it off as dinner, or edible. Manger was rude and inhospitable. Disappointed that I lost what was once my favorite Vietnamese restaurant: I will NEVER go back!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

My food came to the table 5 minutes after I ordered it: noodles stuck together like glue, way too skimpy on the meat, basil was blackening and wilted; the whole dish was cold; it was clear they re-stir-fried the lunchtime leftovers and tried to pass it off as dinner, or edible. Manger was rude and inhospitable. Disappointed that I lost what was once my favorite Vietnamese restaurant: I will NEVER go back!!

Pros: music

Cons: food, value, service

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When I visit my friends at NYU, we frequently eat at Saigon Grill, a Vietnamese Restaurant. The prices are pretty good and the food is delicious! Try the steak cubes!
The wait times are usually not too long and seating is very comfortable even in large groups. However, I do recommend making reservations, as sometimes the wait can be over a half hour.

4
★★★★☆

When I visit my friends at NYU, we frequently eat at Saigon Grill, a Vietnamese Restaurant. The prices are pretty good and the food is delicious! Try the steak cubes!
The wait times are usually not too long and seating is very comfortable even in large groups. However, I do recommend making reservations, as sometimes the wait can be over a half hour.

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I have gone there a few times, the food is good. However, the staff is rude, they yell when bringing food/drinks to the table, don't make eye contact, it almost seems as if they are annoyed to have to be there. On a Saturday night, the bathroom looks like it hasn't been cleaned all day, and it makes you think about what the kitchen looks like. The prices are decent, and you can be in an out within one hour.

1
★★★☆☆

I have gone there a few times, the food is good. However, the staff is rude, they yell when bringing food/drinks to the table, don't make eye contact, it almost seems as if they are annoyed to have to be there. On a Saturday night, the bathroom looks like it hasn't been cleaned all day, and it makes you think about what the kitchen looks like. The prices are decent, and you can be in an out within one hour.

Pros: ambience, location

Cons: wait staff rude, dirty bathrooms

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The lighting is really dim in this restaurant, which doesn't usually bother me, but it just seems a bit inappropriate for a group-style of atmosphere. This isn't really a romantic restaurant -- you'd go there with your family or a group of friends, and the atmosphere tends to be loud and energetic. Regardless, the food here is pretty decent. Nothing extraordinary, but the portion sizes are generous and I had no complaints about my dish. The service is really fast -- I think we ordered and were served within the space of 10 minutes. Impressive. On the other hand, it's so fast that it's almost rushed. We had barely sat down for 2 minutes when our server came up and said, "Ready???" No greeting or anything. I'm glad we already knew what we wanted, because I felt kind of intimidated. But again, it's not a romantic, lingering type of restaurant. It's great for groups though.

2
★★★★☆

The lighting is really dim in this restaurant, which doesn't usually bother me, but it just seems a bit inappropriate for a group-style of atmosphere. This isn't really a romantic restaurant -- you'd go there with your family or a group of friends, and the atmosphere tends to be loud and energetic. Regardless, the food here is pretty decent. Nothing extraordinary, but the portion sizes are generous and I had no complaints about my dish. The service is really fast -- I think we ordered and were served within the space of 10 minutes. Impressive. On the other hand, it's so fast that it's almost rushed. We had barely sat down for 2 minutes when our server came up and said, "Ready???" No greeting or anything. I'm glad we already knew what we wanted, because I felt kind of intimidated. But again, it's not a romantic, lingering type of restaurant. It's great for groups though.

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I really love their dishes because they are close to authentic (not 100% there) but still very tasty. I was excited to see the sugarcane shrimp appetizer because its one of my favorites but very few restaurants in NYC have it. All in all, given the mediocre Vietnamese food in this city (compared to LA or DC), this is one of the better ones so I will keep coming back for more. I never had a problem with the service but I can certainly see inconsistent service to other tables. I only wish that this place delivered and I would have loved it more!

2
★★★★☆

I really love their dishes because they are close to authentic (not 100% there) but still very tasty. I was excited to see the sugarcane shrimp appetizer because its one of my favorites but very few restaurants in NYC have it. All in all, given the mediocre Vietnamese food in this city (compared to LA or DC), this is one of the better ones so I will keep coming back for more. I never had a problem with the service but I can certainly see inconsistent service to other tables. I only wish that this place delivered and I would have loved it more!

Pros: Like the food and space

Cons: No delivery

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The food was only average and price was low but I would never go back again. Service is horrible. They quickly take your plates away when your done and push the check to you as if they needed the seats. We looked around and half the restaurant was empty at the time. The decor was nice but apparently the service did not catch up with the decor. Seems like this restaurant belongs in Chinatown where good service is not expected anyway. I actually just remembered that this place is where they had problems in the news about paying their employees dirt cheap wages (a la Walmart). If I had remembered I wouldnt of stepped in in the first place..

0
★☆☆☆☆

The food was only average and price was low but I would never go back again. Service is horrible. They quickly take your plates away when your done and push the check to you as if they needed the seats. We looked around and half the restaurant was empty at the time. The decor was nice but apparently the service did not catch up with the decor. Seems like this restaurant belongs in Chinatown where good service is not expected anyway. I actually just remembered that this place is where they had problems in the news about paying their employees dirt cheap wages (a la Walmart). If I had remembered I wouldnt of stepped in in the first place..

Pros: Big portions

Cons: Average food, Horrible Service and Rushes you out

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This restaurant suffers from having outrageous delivery man protests every week due to the owner's persistence of not paying federal/state minimum wage. Despite this fact, I have been here quite a lot with my girlfriend. Atmosphere is comfortable and not typical of Vietnamese restaurant with minimum wait unless you come on a weekend night. If you are Vietnamese, you may be disappointed to know that the owners are Cambodian while the workers are a combination of Chinese and Hispanic decent. There is no homemade feeling in the dishes as they are more of a chinese influence with everything based on a side of fish sauce/soy sauce to complement. Workers are not educated about the dishes and cannot pronounce the dishes themselves. The main Vietnamese dish, Pho Bo (Beef rice noodle soup) is very bland and not recommended for those who want the quality you can get from traditional Chinatown. Besides these cons, dishes come out extremely quick (which at times, may leave you questioning whether they really did make your food or give you someone else's) The remaining variety of dishes offered are good but can be expensive. Alcoholic drinks are good but very expensive at $10 per drink. Overall, I believe this is good place to bring a group friends but not family or children. If you can get through the fact that the food is not authentic Vietnamese food, you this place is for you.

2
★★★★☆

This restaurant suffers from having outrageous delivery man protests every week due to the owner's persistence of not paying federal/state minimum wage. Despite this fact, I have been here quite a lot with my girlfriend. Atmosphere is comfortable and not typical of Vietnamese restaurant with minimum wait unless you come on a weekend night. If you are Vietnamese, you may be disappointed to know that the owners are Cambodian while the workers are a combination of Chinese and Hispanic decent. There is no homemade feeling in the dishes as they are more of a chinese influence with everything based on a side of fish sauce/soy sauce to complement. Workers are not educated about the dishes and cannot pronounce the dishes themselves. The main Vietnamese dish, Pho Bo (Beef rice noodle soup) is very bland and not recommended for those who want the quality you can get from traditional Chinatown. Besides these cons, dishes come out extremely quick (which at times, may leave you questioning whether they really did make your food or give you someone else's) The remaining variety of dishes offered are good but can be expensive. Alcoholic drinks are good but very expensive at $10 per drink. Overall, I believe this is good place to bring a group friends but not family or children. If you can get through the fact that the food is not authentic Vietnamese food, you this place is for you.

Pros: Extremely fast food, Great Drinks, Nice Atmosphere

Cons: Not Authentic Vietnamese Food, Delievery Protests, Uneducated Workers

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Went to Saigon Grill on a last monday night and went back over the weeekend. And the place is awesome. The seats were comfortable and spacious and the whole restaurant itself is very large w. high ceilings. The staff was very courteous and prompt. Their Cubed Steak was one the best I had in years. On a weekend the line is ridiculously long and very loug. And they don't take reservations from what i was told over the phone. But for a weekday dinner, this place is a gem.

2
★★★★★

Went to Saigon Grill on a last monday night and went back over the weeekend. And the place is awesome. The seats were comfortable and spacious and the whole restaurant itself is very large w. high ceilings. The staff was very courteous and prompt. Their Cubed Steak was one the best I had in years. On a weekend the line is ridiculously long and very loug. And they don't take reservations from what i was told over the phone. But for a weekday dinner, this place is a gem.

Pros: Excellant Food, Courteous Staff, Spacious Seating

Cons: Weekend - Very loud and very long lines. Doesn't take reservations

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We always go to saigon grill for the crispy fried fish, which is so delicious here, and also i would recommend the chicken soup appetizer which is just out of this world. The ambiance of this place is nice and dimlit, we enjoy coming here for lunch or dinner. Its a nice place, I dont care, if its authentic or not, I love the taste, its close to where I live and they deliver as well & thats what matters to me. I would recommend it.

2
★★★★★

We always go to saigon grill for the crispy fried fish, which is so delicious here, and also i would recommend the chicken soup appetizer which is just out of this world. The ambiance of this place is nice and dimlit, we enjoy coming here for lunch or dinner. Its a nice place, I dont care, if its authentic or not, I love the taste, its close to where I live and they deliver as well & thats what matters to me. I would recommend it.

Pros: Sea Food

Cons: none

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: tasty food & cocktails / decor

Cons: non-authentic, pricier food than the greats in C-town / LONG WAITS

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this place is awesome. the food is just the best you can get.
i recommend you to try the beefcubes or their noodles. it tastes so good.

the service is fast. the prices are low.
best vietnamese place in town

2
★★★★★

this place is awesome. the food is just the best you can get.
i recommend you to try the beefcubes or their noodles. it tastes so good.

the service is fast. the prices are low.
best vietnamese place in town

Pros: food, service, low price

Cons: they dont pay their workers....

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A big article in the Metro Section of the NY Times said that this place fired their delivery staff when they complained that they were being paid $1.60 hour. This is less than half the minimum for tipped employees & is completely illegal. I went to see and there is a very loud picket line outside the Saigon Grill locations twice a day, every day. The workers don't speak much English, so you can't really talk to them in detail, but the whole story is true & disgusting. Who cares what the food is like, I would never, ever support a business like this one by eating there.

0
★☆☆☆☆

A big article in the Metro Section of the NY Times said that this place fired their delivery staff when they complained that they were being paid $1.60 hour. This is less than half the minimum for tipped employees & is completely illegal. I went to see and there is a very loud picket line outside the Saigon Grill locations twice a day, every day. The workers don't speak much English, so you can't really talk to them in detail, but the whole story is true & disgusting. Who cares what the food is like, I would never, ever support a business like this one by eating there.

Cons: Loud picket line outside.

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I've gone here on 2 separate occasions. The first time was a Friday night. The place was packed. We waited about 45 minutes for a table for 2. The wait area is definitely cramped. Once seated, we took in the nice decor. It is pretty in there, nothing like the Viet places you find in chinatown. BUT, for the price you are paying for the food, you are mainly paying for the ambiance. I would prefer to go to any of the viet places in chinatown over this place. The food wasn't bad, but it's not as outstanding & authenic as in ctown. And it's at least 2x-3x times cheaper as well.

2
★★★★☆

I've gone here on 2 separate occasions. The first time was a Friday night. The place was packed. We waited about 45 minutes for a table for 2. The wait area is definitely cramped. Once seated, we took in the nice decor. It is pretty in there, nothing like the Viet places you find in chinatown. BUT, for the price you are paying for the food, you are mainly paying for the ambiance. I would prefer to go to any of the viet places in chinatown over this place. The food wasn't bad, but it's not as outstanding & authenic as in ctown. And it's at least 2x-3x times cheaper as well.

Pros: Good decor, big place

Cons: Cramped during peak times, pricey for Viet food

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I'm all for the semi-trying to be trendy places that are chain restaurants, and this was no different. It reminded me of PF Chang's; in fact, maybe it's owned by the same company..hmmm.
Anyway, my friend and I ordered the spring rolls, which were good, and I had a grilled eggplant dish while she had some chicken thing, and they were good. I also ordered the mango daquiri (don't ask me why) and, yes, that was good too. My only beef was how the waiters whisked everything away before you had a chance to finish.
Nothing out of the ordinary, not too overpriced, and no suprises. If you want to go to somewhere very trendy and hip or divey and local, don't go here. But if you want a reliable asian food, go here.

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★★★☆☆

I'm all for the semi-trying to be trendy places that are chain restaurants, and this was no different. It reminded me of PF Chang's; in fact, maybe it's owned by the same company..hmmm.
Anyway, my friend and I ordered the spring rolls, which were good, and I had a grilled eggplant dish while she had some chicken thing, and they were good. I also ordered the mango daquiri (don't ask me why) and, yes, that was good too. My only beef was how the waiters whisked everything away before you had a chance to finish.
Nothing out of the ordinary, not too overpriced, and no suprises. If you want to go to somewhere very trendy and hip or divey and local, don't go here. But if you want a reliable asian food, go here.

Pros: Decent food and prices

Cons: waiters a bit to quick on the draw

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I used to order from Saigon Grill all the time, but never again will I go back to eat there. Recently I passed by and saw a picket line in front of the restaurant. I never cross a picket line. But, even if the workers picketing this restaurant go back to work, I will never come back again. This owner is outrageous! He recently fired 36 of his employees for asking for higher wages, when they were being paid $1.60/hr. It's disgusting that this kind of thing is happening in New York City. The food is not bad, but it's the service that makes all the difference. I don't care how good the food is, I can't support this.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I used to order from Saigon Grill all the time, but never again will I go back to eat there. Recently I passed by and saw a picket line in front of the restaurant. I never cross a picket line. But, even if the workers picketing this restaurant go back to work, I will never come back again. This owner is outrageous! He recently fired 36 of his employees for asking for higher wages, when they were being paid $1.60/hr. It's disgusting that this kind of thing is happening in New York City. The food is not bad, but it's the service that makes all the difference. I don't care how good the food is, I can't support this.

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Saigon Grill has so far not disappointed the separate 5 times that I've been there - the wait area is cramped and can be crazy - but park yourself at the bar and have their excellent cocktails. My recent visit was Feb. 7 and took out an out of towner for good eats and this came to mind. We had great Grey Goose cocktails, started with the assorted dumplings and the plum sauce roasted ribs (yum!) then we got the salmon dishes - (I usually go for the tasty grilled beef - Boluc Lac) - which was delectable as well. Dessert menu was sparse - wish there was some ice desserts, flan and such that you can find in other Vietnamese places. This is something they can expand on. The review from my out of towner guest - Great and "Pho"nomenal. Plus the treat was the reasonable price - average dishes ran $10 - but the buzzing scene, ambiance and that lighted wall of liquor bottles - it could have easily charged more - Service was clipped but efficient. If you need to have something after dinner - Vietnamese Coffee is your best bet. All in all - a real find in University place!

2
★★★★☆

Saigon Grill has so far not disappointed the separate 5 times that I've been there - the wait area is cramped and can be crazy - but park yourself at the bar and have their excellent cocktails. My recent visit was Feb. 7 and took out an out of towner for good eats and this came to mind. We had great Grey Goose cocktails, started with the assorted dumplings and the plum sauce roasted ribs (yum!) then we got the salmon dishes - (I usually go for the tasty grilled beef - Boluc Lac) - which was delectable as well. Dessert menu was sparse - wish there was some ice desserts, flan and such that you can find in other Vietnamese places. This is something they can expand on. The review from my out of towner guest - Great and "Pho"nomenal. Plus the treat was the reasonable price - average dishes ran $10 - but the buzzing scene, ambiance and that lighted wall of liquor bottles - it could have easily charged more - Service was clipped but efficient. If you need to have something after dinner - Vietnamese Coffee is your best bet. All in all - a real find in University place!

Pros: Great tasting food, & drinks, fast service, great value for your dollar

Cons: Congested Wait area, Clipped Service, No dessert selection

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Ok, the food here is great, but the prices are so cheap I had to look at the menu twice! The bun xao was a generous portion and very tasty. I must comment on the cocktails, pretty good selection. I like the location and the urban decor also. We stumbled upon Saigon after shopping at Union Square and refueled. I'll go back.

2
★★★★★

Ok, the food here is great, but the prices are so cheap I had to look at the menu twice! The bun xao was a generous portion and very tasty. I must comment on the cocktails, pretty good selection. I like the location and the urban decor also. We stumbled upon Saigon after shopping at Union Square and refueled. I'll go back.

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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Went here for the lunch special and the food was great and the price was right. We had the fried calamari for apps and it was done perfectly. We all ordered different lunch specials and everyone said they were yummy.

2
★★★★★

Went here for the lunch special and the food was great and the price was right. We had the fried calamari for apps and it was done perfectly. We all ordered different lunch specials and everyone said they were yummy.

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I don't know where to begin. I had my doubts about going and it was all realized when I got my dish. First off, Vietnamese in chinatown is so much better, cheaper - I don't know why anyone would patronize Saigon Grill.
My Fresh Lemonade soda, was so not fresh - it must have been minute maid lemonade with seltzer water. The summer rolls were bland vegetables. Then they didn't have some of the dishes I would have gotten in a restaurant downtown, so I got a stir fry curry dish instead. It was bland, glutinous and disappointing. The price was way more than I would have paid in Chinatown for about the same portion. If my friends are craving Vietnamese, I'm going to stand firm about not patronizing Saigon Grill.

1
★★☆☆☆

I don't know where to begin. I had my doubts about going and it was all realized when I got my dish. First off, Vietnamese in chinatown is so much better, cheaper - I don't know why anyone would patronize Saigon Grill.
My Fresh Lemonade soda, was so not fresh - it must have been minute maid lemonade with seltzer water. The summer rolls were bland vegetables. Then they didn't have some of the dishes I would have gotten in a restaurant downtown, so I got a stir fry curry dish instead. It was bland, glutinous and disappointing. The price was way more than I would have paid in Chinatown for about the same portion. If my friends are craving Vietnamese, I'm going to stand firm about not patronizing Saigon Grill.

Pros: accomodate large groups

Cons: below par taste

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This branch has it all -- nice decor, great location, and the city's best non french-fusion Vietnamese cuisine. Really, what more could you ask? The prices are slightly higher than the Upper East side location, but the service is friendlier and there's no comparison in terms of the environment. Anyway, it's still a very good deal.

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★★★★★

This branch has it all -- nice decor, great location, and the city's best non french-fusion Vietnamese cuisine. Really, what more could you ask? The prices are slightly higher than the Upper East side location, but the service is friendlier and there's no comparison in terms of the environment. Anyway, it's still a very good deal.

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we headed up to saigon grill on 88th street only to find them closed for renovation and a sign listed a new location on university so we came to this one. it's pretty nice on the inside and if the menu didn't have pictures on it, i could have been fooled that this was a much more snooty place. food was great just like the service.

2
★★★★☆

we headed up to saigon grill on 88th street only to find them closed for renovation and a sign listed a new location on university so we came to this one. it's pretty nice on the inside and if the menu didn't have pictures on it, i could have been fooled that this was a much more snooty place. food was great just like the service.

Pros: food

Cons: location

 

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