Mai House

★★★★☆
Drew Nieporent has this Vietnamese restaurant on the same block as his Tribeca Grill along with Michael Huynh of Bao Noodles , located only a few blocks west of the major Vietnamese players on Baxter Street. Think: Tribeca version of the Chinatown Brasserie circus plus fancy cocktails. Head east to Baxter Street for authenticity while singing "P-Funk is playing at Mai House."
  • 186 Franklin St

    New York, NY 10013

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  • 212-431-0606

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DINNER Mon-Sat: 5:45pm-12:00am

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I went here on a Friday night at 6.30pm at which time the place was very quiet but it didn't feel awkward and with our gracious waitress this meant that we had plenty of time to enjoy ourselves. The interior was stylish and certainly suited the well dressed, though it also succeeded in not being intimidating or stuffy. Following the suggestion of our server we ordered two mains and two side dishes to share between the three of us which was more than satisfying. The ribs were delectable, a successful fusion of tender BBQ pork with a coconut infusion and the claypot fish delicious. The large shrimp rice was full of tender meat and the mustard greens carried a tasty smoky flavour. Certainly a tad pricey but ultimately fulfilling if you're in the mood.

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★★★★☆

I went here on a Friday night at 6.30pm at which time the place was very quiet but it didn't feel awkward and with our gracious waitress this meant that we had plenty of time to enjoy ourselves. The interior was stylish and certainly suited the well dressed, though it also succeeded in not being intimidating or stuffy. Following the suggestion of our server we ordered two mains and two side dishes to share between the three of us which was more than satisfying. The ribs were delectable, a successful fusion of tender BBQ pork with a coconut infusion and the claypot fish delicious. The large shrimp rice was full of tender meat and the mustard greens carried a tasty smoky flavour. Certainly a tad pricey but ultimately fulfilling if you're in the mood.

Pros: Successful fusion flavours, Decor

Cons: Bit Pricey

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My husband and dined at Mai House during Restaurant Week a while back and the food was wonderful. Very tasty, cooked really well, and the service was fast and courteous. The restaurant has great ambiance and is definitely romantic. One of the best Vietnamese restaurants I've been to in the city. It gets pretty packed and noisy by 7 PM, and reservations can be hard to get after this time. Other than that, it's a great place to go.

2
★★★★☆

My husband and dined at Mai House during Restaurant Week a while back and the food was wonderful. Very tasty, cooked really well, and the service was fast and courteous. The restaurant has great ambiance and is definitely romantic. One of the best Vietnamese restaurants I've been to in the city. It gets pretty packed and noisy by 7 PM, and reservations can be hard to get after this time. Other than that, it's a great place to go.

Pros: GREAT food and AMBIANCE, good service

Cons: prices reflect that of Manhattan; gets crowded and noisy pretty fast

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After watching the show Top Chef, my recent craving for Vietnamese and restaurant week prefix gave me a good reason to go. I had my doubts about the chef, hate her on the show...... but let me tell you that I was blown away. Had the coconut lemon grass soup w/ shrimp it was amazing. Main course we had the ribs and wild bass which we're both cooked and seasoned perfect. We also got sides of the duck fried rice and shrimp fried rice that we're the perfect side dish. Just when we though it couldn't get better they brought out the chocolate ganache which was to die for. The ambiance was perfect and the neighborhood has plenty of drink spots for afterwards.

2
★★★★★

After watching the show Top Chef, my recent craving for Vietnamese and restaurant week prefix gave me a good reason to go. I had my doubts about the chef, hate her on the show...... but let me tell you that I was blown away. Had the coconut lemon grass soup w/ shrimp it was amazing. Main course we had the ribs and wild bass which we're both cooked and seasoned perfect. We also got sides of the duck fried rice and shrimp fried rice that we're the perfect side dish. Just when we though it couldn't get better they brought out the chocolate ganache which was to die for. The ambiance was perfect and the neighborhood has plenty of drink spots for afterwards.

Pros: food menu, selection of drinks

Cons: hard to get a table

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went on a tuesday night place was pretty slow due to downpour. food was great! had the pork spring rolls. shrimp fennel salad and for entrees we had sea bass and ribs... everything was delicious. pomegranate margaritas awesome. service was ok but overall good dining experience!

2
★★★★☆

went on a tuesday night place was pretty slow due to downpour. food was great! had the pork spring rolls. shrimp fennel salad and for entrees we had sea bass and ribs... everything was delicious. pomegranate margaritas awesome. service was ok but overall good dining experience!

Pros: close to train and nice area

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Had the omakase here and the food was inconsistent. The scallop tasted purely of salt and was totally inedible. The pork belly had the worst consistency, gelatinous and hard. But the beef and pomelo was great, as was the duck breast, the cod and the flan for dessert. The cuttlefish appetizer was addictive! I didn't care for the Tiger Tail coctail, it reminded me of mango with chili pepper, but found the Red River very refreshing. The service was extremely warm and friendly but I did not like the fact the our Omakase dishes were repeatedly dropped without being described and the gaps between them were very long at times. The ambiance isn't the greatest, too large and empty feeling. There is an open kitchen but it's really not very attractive.

1
★★★☆☆

Had the omakase here and the food was inconsistent. The scallop tasted purely of salt and was totally inedible. The pork belly had the worst consistency, gelatinous and hard. But the beef and pomelo was great, as was the duck breast, the cod and the flan for dessert. The cuttlefish appetizer was addictive! I didn't care for the Tiger Tail coctail, it reminded me of mango with chili pepper, but found the Red River very refreshing. The service was extremely warm and friendly but I did not like the fact the our Omakase dishes were repeatedly dropped without being described and the gaps between them were very long at times. The ambiance isn't the greatest, too large and empty feeling. There is an open kitchen but it's really not very attractive.

Pros: friendly service, food

Cons: food, ambiance, service could've been more knowledgable

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Price is fair, Service not so fair

Me and my fiance went to Mai house for a light dinner before heading to a special party on Valentine?s day. Me and my wife met on this day over 10 years ago in a little town out of the city. This was a very special occasion for the two of us.

We hear that ?Mai House? food was great and we decided to try it. We were hoping to get a lovely romantic night and a courteous greeting. Well, that was not the case, when we arrived; we were greeted by this Vietnamese guy or Asian male looking who was rude and inattentive. He seemed uneasy and edgy. He didn?t seem to have our reservation checked and kept us waiting on the bar for over 20 minutes (we didn?t want to drink just eat). Most importantly he didn?t show any sign or regret for the mistake Mai house has made. We paid for our drinks (which were not comp) and we ended up being late for our party.

Does my house boss screen properly their staff to give customers the ultimate satisfaction? We are not sure. This person seem unprepared, unorganized and very negligent. We love the food and the servers but that first impression counts forever. And certainly this will count forever

We won?t ever go back to this restaurant again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Price is fair, Service not so fair

Me and my fiance went to Mai house for a light dinner before heading to a special party on Valentine?s day. Me and my wife met on this day over 10 years ago in a little town out of the city. This was a very special occasion for the two of us.

We hear that ?Mai House? food was great and we decided to try it. We were hoping to get a lovely romantic night and a courteous greeting. Well, that was not the case, when we arrived; we were greeted by this Vietnamese guy or Asian male looking who was rude and inattentive. He seemed uneasy and edgy. He didn?t seem to have our reservation checked and kept us waiting on the bar for over 20 minutes (we didn?t want to drink just eat). Most importantly he didn?t show any sign or regret for the mistake Mai house has made. We paid for our drinks (which were not comp) and we ended up being late for our party.

Does my house boss screen properly their staff to give customers the ultimate satisfaction? We are not sure. This person seem unprepared, unorganized and very negligent. We love the food and the servers but that first impression counts forever. And certainly this will count forever

We won?t ever go back to this restaurant again.

Pros: PRICE

Cons: SERVICE

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Everything was so yummy. My friend and i shared the scallops (EXCELLENT), beef salad (excellent), the shittake spring rolls and the crab +shrimp spring rolls (very good), the Dungenous Crab (excellent), the short Ribs (very good), the Skate, and they sent over every dessert--all very good. The dolce ice cream on top of the banana bread cake was out of this world. Definitely worth checking out.

2
★★★★★

Everything was so yummy. My friend and i shared the scallops (EXCELLENT), beef salad (excellent), the shittake spring rolls and the crab +shrimp spring rolls (very good), the Dungenous Crab (excellent), the short Ribs (very good), the Skate, and they sent over every dessert--all very good. The dolce ice cream on top of the banana bread cake was out of this world. Definitely worth checking out.

Pros: Yummy

Cons: ate way too much ;-)

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Loved the inventive martinis and attentive staff. Mixed and matched appetizers, entrees & desserts from the menu and found the dishes we tried consistently delicious, with a fun creative touch. None of us were disappointed. Felt pricing was fair for the high quality.

2
★★★★★

Loved the inventive martinis and attentive staff. Mixed and matched appetizers, entrees & desserts from the menu and found the dishes we tried consistently delicious, with a fun creative touch. None of us were disappointed. Felt pricing was fair for the high quality.

Pros: Great food and service, v. close to subway

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I went to Mai House one a weekend in late October with my friend. I am a business man from Korea who had traveled and dine all over the world. Mai House looked great, the music and the decor was inviting.
As soon as I walked in, a sharply dressed gentleman who looked like the Maitre D (nice suit and ties but with no manners) brought us to a table. When we requested a booth of which there were three empty he seemed to roll his eyes and told us there were all reserved. Please note that one of this ?reserve booths? remained empty and was not seated the whole time we were there. After sitting and waiting for water, this Asian man was laughing and joking with a coat check girl, we flagged a bus boy to get our water. After ordering, this bold man delivered us drinks and gave us an excellent recommendation for a high end Shiraz.
Meals were great, I have to admit; Chris our server was friendly and knew everything about the menu and was very attentive. When we get up to get our coats these two staff: the Maitre D and coat check girl were sitting, eating and joking in a corner; we had to interrupt. It seems they were having some friendly conversation. I thought that me, as a customer was intruding. The poor attitude of this Maitre D was disappointing. It felt like we had to shut up and wait for them to react.

It is a shame that a place like this with so much quality food and great reviews has some unprofessional manager or who ever that maitre D was.
It is funny I felt that the maitre D was prejudiced towards Asians. He was so unprofessional, inattentive and disrespectful to me and my friend. We will probably be back when this Asian fellow get the night off.

Thanks to all who gave us great service

Yunmio

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★★★☆☆

I went to Mai House one a weekend in late October with my friend. I am a business man from Korea who had traveled and dine all over the world. Mai House looked great, the music and the decor was inviting.
As soon as I walked in, a sharply dressed gentleman who looked like the Maitre D (nice suit and ties but with no manners) brought us to a table. When we requested a booth of which there were three empty he seemed to roll his eyes and told us there were all reserved. Please note that one of this ?reserve booths? remained empty and was not seated the whole time we were there. After sitting and waiting for water, this Asian man was laughing and joking with a coat check girl, we flagged a bus boy to get our water. After ordering, this bold man delivered us drinks and gave us an excellent recommendation for a high end Shiraz.
Meals were great, I have to admit; Chris our server was friendly and knew everything about the menu and was very attentive. When we get up to get our coats these two staff: the Maitre D and coat check girl were sitting, eating and joking in a corner; we had to interrupt. It seems they were having some friendly conversation. I thought that me, as a customer was intruding. The poor attitude of this Maitre D was disappointing. It felt like we had to shut up and wait for them to react.

It is a shame that a place like this with so much quality food and great reviews has some unprofessional manager or who ever that maitre D was.
It is funny I felt that the maitre D was prejudiced towards Asians. He was so unprofessional, inattentive and disrespectful to me and my friend. We will probably be back when this Asian fellow get the night off.

Thanks to all who gave us great service

Yunmio

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A friend and I went for dinner this past Tuesday night. I had read the reviews and was quite intrigued, especially since the pre fixe menu had been extended through Labor Day. Upon arrival, I opted to stray from the fixed menu, my friend stuck to it. The drinks were great - I highly suggest the Saigon Sling - the mix of flavors blend perfectly. For my appetizer I went with the Pho Ga and I was not disappointed. The hot sauce added just the right amount of kick to the broth, and the chicken/noodles were very well seasoned. For the main course I had to try the Dungeness Crab with glass noodles, as all the reviews had suggested. Although the portion was decent, and so was the taste, I didn't find it worth the hype. My friend's dessert consisted of a small banana cake with black sesame ice cream. The cake was delicious, the ice cream was lacking in flavor. All in all, I would return, but would opt for a different main course. The staff was wonderful and very attentive. The decor is great.

2
★★★★☆

A friend and I went for dinner this past Tuesday night. I had read the reviews and was quite intrigued, especially since the pre fixe menu had been extended through Labor Day. Upon arrival, I opted to stray from the fixed menu, my friend stuck to it. The drinks were great - I highly suggest the Saigon Sling - the mix of flavors blend perfectly. For my appetizer I went with the Pho Ga and I was not disappointed. The hot sauce added just the right amount of kick to the broth, and the chicken/noodles were very well seasoned. For the main course I had to try the Dungeness Crab with glass noodles, as all the reviews had suggested. Although the portion was decent, and so was the taste, I didn't find it worth the hype. My friend's dessert consisted of a small banana cake with black sesame ice cream. The cake was delicious, the ice cream was lacking in flavor. All in all, I would return, but would opt for a different main course. The staff was wonderful and very attentive. The decor is great.

Pros: Pho Ga, staff, drinks

Cons: dessert

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Went there last night with 2 other people. First of all, our waiter (Chris I think) was so warm & friendly, made us feel welcomed from the start.
Our cocktails were wonderful! We had Delta Dream & Red River, both delicious, left us asking for seconds! For appetizers we had the mushroom spring rolls which were truly tasty & the Heirloom tomato salad that was refreshingly flavorful.
For Entree I had the SeaBass that couldn't be any better, delicious. My companion had the seared beef filet which I tasted & was wonderful.
Desserts were incredible as well.
I've been talking about this place to all my friends already.
I'd recommend it wholeheartedly.

2
★★★★★

Went there last night with 2 other people. First of all, our waiter (Chris I think) was so warm & friendly, made us feel welcomed from the start.
Our cocktails were wonderful! We had Delta Dream & Red River, both delicious, left us asking for seconds! For appetizers we had the mushroom spring rolls which were truly tasty & the Heirloom tomato salad that was refreshingly flavorful.
For Entree I had the SeaBass that couldn't be any better, delicious. My companion had the seared beef filet which I tasted & was wonderful.
Desserts were incredible as well.
I've been talking about this place to all my friends already.
I'd recommend it wholeheartedly.

Pros: Great food & service & fun atmosphere

Cons: None !

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went with my wife the other day, like the food and the service, I don't eat pork, and I did mention it to the waiter and he said he will make sure, but when the appetizer came I did order the quail..(did not say they had pork in it, later on i did notice i was biting in to small pieces of bacon! I did call the waiter and he very casually said yes their are small pieces , and its just small!! I really did not want to create a problem so I just stopped eating it, the management should know by now New York City has a lot of people who don't eat pork,,,so its nice if they have a trained staff who can communicate with the diners and the kitchen,

1
★★★☆☆

went with my wife the other day, like the food and the service, I don't eat pork, and I did mention it to the waiter and he said he will make sure, but when the appetizer came I did order the quail..(did not say they had pork in it, later on i did notice i was biting in to small pieces of bacon! I did call the waiter and he very casually said yes their are small pieces , and its just small!! I really did not want to create a problem so I just stopped eating it, the management should know by now New York City has a lot of people who don't eat pork,,,so its nice if they have a trained staff who can communicate with the diners and the kitchen,

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Recently went to Mai House, after reviews by local newspapers and friends/family. The atmosphere seemed to be missing true character. Place was trendy, but appeared to be a place where everything was put up in a day and can be taken down just the same.

As far as the food, presentation was good, but taste-wise it was nothing unique to the palate nor all that interesting. We ordered the short ribs (of which had similar taste to those found on 32nd St in Koreatown, so nothing special) and the pork belly. Although the pork belly was better, it was too simple. For the $, I would say you do not get the flavor nor portions you are paying for. The wine was the best part of the meal, which was excellent - order any one of the Rieslings.

If you so choose to check this place out, just know that it is nothing special. Nam in Tribeca could be a good alternative.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Recently went to Mai House, after reviews by local newspapers and friends/family. The atmosphere seemed to be missing true character. Place was trendy, but appeared to be a place where everything was put up in a day and can be taken down just the same.

As far as the food, presentation was good, but taste-wise it was nothing unique to the palate nor all that interesting. We ordered the short ribs (of which had similar taste to those found on 32nd St in Koreatown, so nothing special) and the pork belly. Although the pork belly was better, it was too simple. For the $, I would say you do not get the flavor nor portions you are paying for. The wine was the best part of the meal, which was excellent - order any one of the Rieslings.

If you so choose to check this place out, just know that it is nothing special. Nam in Tribeca could be a good alternative.

Pros: Wine list

Cons: Food & atmosphere BELOW AVG

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I was told by a bunch of co-workers that Mai House was a great restaurant so it had a lot of hype to live up to. From the food to the decor to service everything was top notch.

Each dish was better than the next. We ordered two apetizers, the mushroom spring rolls which were very good and a Lobster salad special. For our entrees we got the Dungeoness Crab and that was to die for. They certainly did not skimp on the crab and the sauce and noodles with it were excellent. The Sea Bass entree was also very good. I would highly recommend both. The desert menu looked boring so we skipped it but otherwise everything was really good.

We are definitely planning on going back.

2
★★★★★

I was told by a bunch of co-workers that Mai House was a great restaurant so it had a lot of hype to live up to. From the food to the decor to service everything was top notch.

Each dish was better than the next. We ordered two apetizers, the mushroom spring rolls which were very good and a Lobster salad special. For our entrees we got the Dungeoness Crab and that was to die for. They certainly did not skimp on the crab and the sauce and noodles with it were excellent. The Sea Bass entree was also very good. I would highly recommend both. The desert menu looked boring so we skipped it but otherwise everything was really good.

We are definitely planning on going back.

Pros: Amazing Food, Great Decor, Great Service

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We tried almost all of the appetizers on the menu and I found the appetizers amazing! I didnt have very high expectations before to Mai House as I thought it was another trendy fusion places in the Triceba. However, the restaurant kept the Vietnamese flavors true but enhanced the presentation and cooking styles. Some items that stood out were grilled short rib, which was really really tender with a nice lemongrass flavor, the calamari had a good texture and the artichoke salad, which was very good. The fish our friend ordered had a beautiful presentation. The meat was filleted and the bone was served standing up and curved around the fish. I also love the sake selections

2
★★★★★

We tried almost all of the appetizers on the menu and I found the appetizers amazing! I didnt have very high expectations before to Mai House as I thought it was another trendy fusion places in the Triceba. However, the restaurant kept the Vietnamese flavors true but enhanced the presentation and cooking styles. Some items that stood out were grilled short rib, which was really really tender with a nice lemongrass flavor, the calamari had a good texture and the artichoke salad, which was very good. The fish our friend ordered had a beautiful presentation. The meat was filleted and the bone was served standing up and curved around the fish. I also love the sake selections

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We (6 of us) had a reservation this past saturday night. The food was very good, especially the sea bass. Our server was so knowledgeble on the menu. She guided us to a great experience with the menu. Service was excellent. Must try their house specialty cocktail. We left with a full stomach and a smile.

2
★★★★★

We (6 of us) had a reservation this past saturday night. The food was very good, especially the sea bass. Our server was so knowledgeble on the menu. She guided us to a great experience with the menu. Service was excellent. Must try their house specialty cocktail. We left with a full stomach and a smile.

Pros: Great cocktails and food

Cons: none

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very impressed
I recently dined at Mai House for the first time over the weekend with some girlfriends of mine. I must begin by saying that everything was excellent from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. We started by trying some of the exotic cocktails ! Anyway the atmosphere was great-very sleek-definitely good for a fun night out. The service was excellent and they were very knowledgeable, which I feel has become a rarity lately. The peak of the evening would definitely be michael's food-thumbs up the the kitchen, everything we had was awesome, and we ate A LOT. You gotta try this place it is a definite winner

2
★★★★★

very impressed
I recently dined at Mai House for the first time over the weekend with some girlfriends of mine. I must begin by saying that everything was excellent from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. We started by trying some of the exotic cocktails ! Anyway the atmosphere was great-very sleek-definitely good for a fun night out. The service was excellent and they were very knowledgeable, which I feel has become a rarity lately. The peak of the evening would definitely be michael's food-thumbs up the the kitchen, everything we had was awesome, and we ate A LOT. You gotta try this place it is a definite winner

Pros: food & drink

Cons: none

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I was really excited to try Mai House being that I love Vietnemese food, Tribeca and it was decorated in such a way I thought the ambiance would be intimate and chic. Unfortunately, the experience fell flat. The restaurant sounds like a cafeteria (tables are spaced out awkwardly, loud groups of midtown-types. their wives and kids) and the service, while very friendly, is a bit intrusive. The waitress we had came over to ask what we wanted 3 times before we put down our menu and seemed to take our decision to not have dessert personally.

The wine was great for the price (30.00 a bottle) but the food was downright bland, oily and uninspired. The spring rolls (mushroom) were heavy, fried and lacking flavor. The short-ribs were oily and flavorless and the chef's special fish was bland and covered in a thick mango sauce that tasted like something you'd expect from a chinese buffet. I have had better takeout for a lot less. I won't even say to go for drinks because the atmosphere is not intimate or relaxing at all. The reason it's not a hot-spot is because the only thing it has going for it is the location and a good interior decorator. They should have hired a good chef.

1
★★★☆☆

I was really excited to try Mai House being that I love Vietnemese food, Tribeca and it was decorated in such a way I thought the ambiance would be intimate and chic. Unfortunately, the experience fell flat. The restaurant sounds like a cafeteria (tables are spaced out awkwardly, loud groups of midtown-types. their wives and kids) and the service, while very friendly, is a bit intrusive. The waitress we had came over to ask what we wanted 3 times before we put down our menu and seemed to take our decision to not have dessert personally.

The wine was great for the price (30.00 a bottle) but the food was downright bland, oily and uninspired. The spring rolls (mushroom) were heavy, fried and lacking flavor. The short-ribs were oily and flavorless and the chef's special fish was bland and covered in a thick mango sauce that tasted like something you'd expect from a chinese buffet. I have had better takeout for a lot less. I won't even say to go for drinks because the atmosphere is not intimate or relaxing at all. The reason it's not a hot-spot is because the only thing it has going for it is the location and a good interior decorator. They should have hired a good chef.

Pros: Good Location, Wine

Cons: Food, Value, Atmosphere

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Good meal

1
★★★☆☆

Good meal

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I was pleasantly surprised when visiting Mai House a few weeks ago. We were a party of 6 and we shared bottles of champagne and then wine. Our glasses were never empty. The staff kept the tables clean and our food orders were never wrong throughout the whole long meal. It's always refreshing to not have to stress out over snafus over your dinner!

The food was good. I had the calamari and noodle soup - and we all shared several other small plates like the sauteed greens and ribs. The food was delicious. This is a good, solid place to have dinner - the food isn't over-the-top amazing, but everything is consistent and the flavors and temperature are precise.

What a pleasant surprise...

2
★★★★☆

I was pleasantly surprised when visiting Mai House a few weeks ago. We were a party of 6 and we shared bottles of champagne and then wine. Our glasses were never empty. The staff kept the tables clean and our food orders were never wrong throughout the whole long meal. It's always refreshing to not have to stress out over snafus over your dinner!

The food was good. I had the calamari and noodle soup - and we all shared several other small plates like the sauteed greens and ribs. The food was delicious. This is a good, solid place to have dinner - the food isn't over-the-top amazing, but everything is consistent and the flavors and temperature are precise.

What a pleasant surprise...

Pros: service, diverse menu

Cons: none at the moment!

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My friends and I went here on a Friday night to celebrate a birthday. We had a great experience b/c 1. for large parties there was a pre-fixed menu family style! Like how Vietnamese food should be eaten! 2. Every seat had a printed out menu customized with each of our names on it - very cute. 3. The staff was phenomenal. 4. Of course the food was delicious! The traditional dishes reminded me of my mom's cooking (doesn't happen to often with NY Vietnamese restaurants)... the seasonings were true to Vietnamese food- very impressed.

2
★★★★☆

My friends and I went here on a Friday night to celebrate a birthday. We had a great experience b/c 1. for large parties there was a pre-fixed menu family style! Like how Vietnamese food should be eaten! 2. Every seat had a printed out menu customized with each of our names on it - very cute. 3. The staff was phenomenal. 4. Of course the food was delicious! The traditional dishes reminded me of my mom's cooking (doesn't happen to often with NY Vietnamese restaurants)... the seasonings were true to Vietnamese food- very impressed.

Pros: Great for large parties, delicious food

Cons: Hard to find an open cab in the neighborhood... esp when it was 2 degrees outside!

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The hardest part of a visit to Mai House is deciding what to eat. The menu has so many good choices that we always seem to over-order by at least one dish. A group of four is perfect because you can taste a wider selection as most dishes are perfect to share. If you're dining as a couple you'll have to make some hard decisions. But you really can't go wrong in our experience. We've dined there three times and sampled probably 20 appetizers and entrees. We've never had a disappointment. Admittedly, my wife and like Vietamese food a lot. We lived in Vietnam for many years and i think Mai House is the best Vietnamese restaurant . Grilled lamb chops or filet mignon. beef salad, sea bass, lacxa are excellent. the food always seems to arrive hot, straight from the kitchen as Asian food should; and the service is friendly in a way you don't always find at restaurants where you're spending $100-150 for two. We're fans of Mai House

2
★★★★★

The hardest part of a visit to Mai House is deciding what to eat. The menu has so many good choices that we always seem to over-order by at least one dish. A group of four is perfect because you can taste a wider selection as most dishes are perfect to share. If you're dining as a couple you'll have to make some hard decisions. But you really can't go wrong in our experience. We've dined there three times and sampled probably 20 appetizers and entrees. We've never had a disappointment. Admittedly, my wife and like Vietamese food a lot. We lived in Vietnam for many years and i think Mai House is the best Vietnamese restaurant . Grilled lamb chops or filet mignon. beef salad, sea bass, lacxa are excellent. the food always seems to arrive hot, straight from the kitchen as Asian food should; and the service is friendly in a way you don't always find at restaurants where you're spending $100-150 for two. We're fans of Mai House

Pros: food

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Doesn't anybody expect to be served entrees larger than appetizers? We ordered
a round of appetizers, then we ordered another full round of appetizers because we were not satisfied. Our entrees came and I mistaking thought it was another appetizer based on the size of the portion. The entrees were not much larger than any appetizer. What happened to ettiquette? As a woman, I don't like to be greeted by my waiter, "Hi you guys." Also, aren't women supposed to be served first and then the men?
I will say the food was tasty but at those prices, our group of four certainly expected more of this restaurant. We will not go back. The more people settle for less, the more restaurants will comply. I'm shocked at how many people find this type of conspicuous consumption desirable.

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★★★☆☆

Doesn't anybody expect to be served entrees larger than appetizers? We ordered
a round of appetizers, then we ordered another full round of appetizers because we were not satisfied. Our entrees came and I mistaking thought it was another appetizer based on the size of the portion. The entrees were not much larger than any appetizer. What happened to ettiquette? As a woman, I don't like to be greeted by my waiter, "Hi you guys." Also, aren't women supposed to be served first and then the men?
I will say the food was tasty but at those prices, our group of four certainly expected more of this restaurant. We will not go back. The more people settle for less, the more restaurants will comply. I'm shocked at how many people find this type of conspicuous consumption desirable.

Pros: fresh crisp food

Cons: not enough food for the money

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From start to finish, my friends and I enjoyed our experiece dining at Mai House. The food was authentic yet daring, and extremely flavorful to the mouth. I certianly enjoyed the sping roll appitzer, and Red Snapper entree' along with their unique drink list which compliments the meal perfectly. I will be back to eat at Mai House with out a doubt, and highly reccommend this restaurant to all, wether it be a date or a fun night out with friends. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities dining next to you as well!

2
★★★★★

From start to finish, my friends and I enjoyed our experiece dining at Mai House. The food was authentic yet daring, and extremely flavorful to the mouth. I certianly enjoyed the sping roll appitzer, and Red Snapper entree' along with their unique drink list which compliments the meal perfectly. I will be back to eat at Mai House with out a doubt, and highly reccommend this restaurant to all, wether it be a date or a fun night out with friends. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities dining next to you as well!

Pros: Sheek atmosphere, tasty food and drinks

Cons: None

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Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!
I've been to Mai House twice and both times the food was excellent! The dining room is very intimate, the lounge when you first walk in is good for small groups of friends wanting to have drinks and some food to supplement,. The mushoom spring roll, beef salad, spring roll appetizer all all wonderfull and the beef wague, black cod so good and were both yummy, Extensive list of sakes and cocktails. the portions are sizeable and good service, you won't feel like you are paying to breathe the air. It's a really nice restaurant with really good food " can't find any other vietnamese restaurant)"without trying too hard to be 'trendy'. I will be back to Mai House soon

2
★★★★★

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!
I've been to Mai House twice and both times the food was excellent! The dining room is very intimate, the lounge when you first walk in is good for small groups of friends wanting to have drinks and some food to supplement,. The mushoom spring roll, beef salad, spring roll appetizer all all wonderfull and the beef wague, black cod so good and were both yummy, Extensive list of sakes and cocktails. the portions are sizeable and good service, you won't feel like you are paying to breathe the air. It's a really nice restaurant with really good food " can't find any other vietnamese restaurant)"without trying too hard to be 'trendy'. I will be back to Mai House soon

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With all the new Asian themed pseudo lounges (Buddakan, Japonias, etc.) masquerading as restaurants, it is a pleasure to discover Mai House, a restaurant where the food comes first while still providing a seductive ambiance with a hip crowd. Mai House is better than any restaurant in Saigon or Hanoi--though not authentic Vietnamese all the time, the food is very innovative taking high quality ingredients and injecting them with Vietnamese flavors (hot and sour snapper, duck confit salad) putting an avant-garde spin on classical Vietnamese dishes (Dungeness crab with glass noodles, quail appetizer stuffed with sticky rice, nem salad or sea bass with abalone).

Though the food is the main attraction at Mai House, it also offers eclectic cocktails infused with tropical fruits. The mangosteen martini and the lemon grass martini are phenomenal and worth a trek down to TriBeCa.

2
★★★★★

With all the new Asian themed pseudo lounges (Buddakan, Japonias, etc.) masquerading as restaurants, it is a pleasure to discover Mai House, a restaurant where the food comes first while still providing a seductive ambiance with a hip crowd. Mai House is better than any restaurant in Saigon or Hanoi--though not authentic Vietnamese all the time, the food is very innovative taking high quality ingredients and injecting them with Vietnamese flavors (hot and sour snapper, duck confit salad) putting an avant-garde spin on classical Vietnamese dishes (Dungeness crab with glass noodles, quail appetizer stuffed with sticky rice, nem salad or sea bass with abalone).

Though the food is the main attraction at Mai House, it also offers eclectic cocktails infused with tropical fruits. The mangosteen martini and the lemon grass martini are phenomenal and worth a trek down to TriBeCa.

Pros: ambiance, exceelent food

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One of my friends suggested I check this place out. I was a little skeptical because I've been called a wimp when it comes to spicy foods, but this stuff was great! The spring rolls, duck confit, short ribs, red snapper and sticky rice? Sorbets? We tried them all. Delicious. The staff was very welcoming and they knew their stuff.

I must say, not only do these guys make delicious food, but they make delicious drinks too. My date and I ended up staying at the bar to try more from the cocktail menu. Buddha's Eye made with honeydew water. 'Mai'jito with lemongrass and curry leaves. Delta Dream (a vanilla dream). Also had the Tiger's Eye. It was spicy and I loved it. Never before have the inventive ingredients of cocktails lived up to their inventive names. My Oh Mai!

2
★★★★★

One of my friends suggested I check this place out. I was a little skeptical because I've been called a wimp when it comes to spicy foods, but this stuff was great! The spring rolls, duck confit, short ribs, red snapper and sticky rice? Sorbets? We tried them all. Delicious. The staff was very welcoming and they knew their stuff.

I must say, not only do these guys make delicious food, but they make delicious drinks too. My date and I ended up staying at the bar to try more from the cocktail menu. Buddha's Eye made with honeydew water. 'Mai'jito with lemongrass and curry leaves. Delta Dream (a vanilla dream). Also had the Tiger's Eye. It was spicy and I loved it. Never before have the inventive ingredients of cocktails lived up to their inventive names. My Oh Mai!

Pros: Decor, service, cocktails

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I'm Vietnamese and have lived in S. Cali for over 20 years. Since in NYC for the past 5 years, I've been searching for a decent Viet. meal, and have not found the spot to return to. When my boyfriend mentioned Mai House, I was cynical. We made the trek over to Mai House last saturday night, and all I could think about was: "It better be good." And it was. I liked the feel of the place: cool, soothing, and beauiful. The service was excellent. We ordered the full 3-course meal, and everything was delicious. Clam in beer broth, steamed baramudi in banana leaves, the chicken with quail eggs was much better than my mom's (need more quail eggs though), and the banana almond cake was yummy . The only con: the price... a bit too expensive for me.

2
★★★★★

I'm Vietnamese and have lived in S. Cali for over 20 years. Since in NYC for the past 5 years, I've been searching for a decent Viet. meal, and have not found the spot to return to. When my boyfriend mentioned Mai House, I was cynical. We made the trek over to Mai House last saturday night, and all I could think about was: "It better be good." And it was. I liked the feel of the place: cool, soothing, and beauiful. The service was excellent. We ordered the full 3-course meal, and everything was delicious. Clam in beer broth, steamed baramudi in banana leaves, the chicken with quail eggs was much better than my mom's (need more quail eggs though), and the banana almond cake was yummy . The only con: the price... a bit too expensive for me.

Pros: very good food

Cons: expensive

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Doubt it, but even Robert Duvall will love the smell emanating from Mai Houses kitchen - Mai House is to Vietnamese food what nobu is to Japanese - food, decor and crowd all very hot. Sea bass is a must, the Vietnamese coffee was my only complaint. Go now before the word gets out

2
★★★★★

Doubt it, but even Robert Duvall will love the smell emanating from Mai Houses kitchen - Mai House is to Vietnamese food what nobu is to Japanese - food, decor and crowd all very hot. Sea bass is a must, the Vietnamese coffee was my only complaint. Go now before the word gets out

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I stopped in on Thursday to have a drink and dinner with a couple of girlfriends. The place and the food is AMAZING! The bad attitude that is so common in this neighborhood simply does not exist here. Not only is it the most beautiful restaurant I have ever seen, but everyone who worked there made us feel so welcomed, must try the sea bass with ginger sauce, lamb skewers, mushroom spring rolls, berkshire pork belly and the red snapper.

2
★★★★★

I stopped in on Thursday to have a drink and dinner with a couple of girlfriends. The place and the food is AMAZING! The bad attitude that is so common in this neighborhood simply does not exist here. Not only is it the most beautiful restaurant I have ever seen, but everyone who worked there made us feel so welcomed, must try the sea bass with ginger sauce, lamb skewers, mushroom spring rolls, berkshire pork belly and the red snapper.

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The atmosphere was lively and festive but our service was pretty poor. Our waiter could hardly be found - not anything like the attentive service at any of the Nobu restaurants. The food was pretty good but not stellar. The prices were relatively reasonable- about $100 for a couple drinks, a cocktail, an appetizer and 2 entrees. The mushroom (fried) spring rolls were delicious, as was the sweet and sour whole snapper. Also, we really enjoyed the bannana almond cake with ice cream- we got cinnamon ice cream at our server's suggestion. In short, we were not disappointed, but it is not on our list of "must go backs."

1
★★★☆☆

The atmosphere was lively and festive but our service was pretty poor. Our waiter could hardly be found - not anything like the attentive service at any of the Nobu restaurants. The food was pretty good but not stellar. The prices were relatively reasonable- about $100 for a couple drinks, a cocktail, an appetizer and 2 entrees. The mushroom (fried) spring rolls were delicious, as was the sweet and sour whole snapper. Also, we really enjoyed the bannana almond cake with ice cream- we got cinnamon ice cream at our server's suggestion. In short, we were not disappointed, but it is not on our list of "must go backs."

Pros: food is pretty good

Cons: service was poor, nothing like the Nobu tradition

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Fully of trendy types: definitely. But...its worth putting up with them The place is spectacular and beautiful, and the food is so delicious ( Dungeness Crab, Cuttles fish, pork belly. Amazing cocktails (can't recall the name, Service was prompt, extremely knowledgeable and attentive . Food was fantastic from starters to entrees to amazing desserts. Can't wait to go back.

2
★★★★★

Fully of trendy types: definitely. But...its worth putting up with them The place is spectacular and beautiful, and the food is so delicious ( Dungeness Crab, Cuttles fish, pork belly. Amazing cocktails (can't recall the name, Service was prompt, extremely knowledgeable and attentive . Food was fantastic from starters to entrees to amazing desserts. Can't wait to go back.

Pros: food

Cons: Noneeeeeeeeeee

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I'm a born and raised NYC foodie and this place continues to top my list of favorites. Amazing food, i llove the cuttle fish with kiwi sauce, duck leg confit and the spicy laxca- every dish is unique and delicious, every bite is wonderful. The menu and decor is sophisticated, but at the same time accessible, the atmosphere is elegant and but at the same time cozy. Staff is superb. Excellent for any occasion - whether taking your parents out for a special meal - or your lover out for a romantic dinner. If you arrive by 7:00 you can almost always quickly get a table with no reservation!

2
★★★★★

I'm a born and raised NYC foodie and this place continues to top my list of favorites. Amazing food, i llove the cuttle fish with kiwi sauce, duck leg confit and the spicy laxca- every dish is unique and delicious, every bite is wonderful. The menu and decor is sophisticated, but at the same time accessible, the atmosphere is elegant and but at the same time cozy. Staff is superb. Excellent for any occasion - whether taking your parents out for a special meal - or your lover out for a romantic dinner. If you arrive by 7:00 you can almost always quickly get a table with no reservation!

Pros: best food

Cons: music

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I loved everything about this place, the atmosphere was absolutely amazing, the wait staff was friendly and prompt, the FOOD....WOW....try the black cod with shark fin consome, house spicy lacxa with king prawn, rock shrimp and shrimp noodles and the spicy wague beef cheek stew and the almond banacake cake for dessert, it literally melts in your mouth,The drinks were out of this world. I'm a person that eats out a lot and there are a lot of BAD restaurants in the city, it's refreshing to find something that is priced on par with other restaurants and exceed them in caliber. Definately worth it, go before it's discovered by the masses!

2
★★★★★

I loved everything about this place, the atmosphere was absolutely amazing, the wait staff was friendly and prompt, the FOOD....WOW....try the black cod with shark fin consome, house spicy lacxa with king prawn, rock shrimp and shrimp noodles and the spicy wague beef cheek stew and the almond banacake cake for dessert, it literally melts in your mouth,The drinks were out of this world. I'm a person that eats out a lot and there are a lot of BAD restaurants in the city, it's refreshing to find something that is priced on par with other restaurants and exceed them in caliber. Definately worth it, go before it's discovered by the masses!

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Had dinner a few nights ago with an unforgiving skepticism. I cant believe the experience I had with my date. Started with the wild boar saussage and taylor scallop to start, both were lovely. Our entrees were the snapper and short ribs. Both were delicious. The zenith of the meal was dessert. almond banana cake was surprisingly lucious and the panda panacotta was unbelievable. addition the tasting of sorbet and ice creams were sent as complements from the chef. All delicious. Overall great experience, thouroughly enjoyed watching chef Michael command his team through the open kitchen. Will be back soon to your house.

2
★★★★★

Had dinner a few nights ago with an unforgiving skepticism. I cant believe the experience I had with my date. Started with the wild boar saussage and taylor scallop to start, both were lovely. Our entrees were the snapper and short ribs. Both were delicious. The zenith of the meal was dessert. almond banana cake was surprisingly lucious and the panda panacotta was unbelievable. addition the tasting of sorbet and ice creams were sent as complements from the chef. All delicious. Overall great experience, thouroughly enjoyed watching chef Michael command his team through the open kitchen. Will be back soon to your house.

Pros: Great design, very good good food

Cons: music

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Although the service could be a bit better, I felt that the food was delicious & the staff was genuinely nice. I recommend the Mushroom Spring rolls, Black Cod, and Duck Fried Rice. Also, try some of the coctails from their menu-- I am not usually a cocktail sort of person, but they were actually pretty tasy! Enjoy!

2
★★★★☆

Although the service could be a bit better, I felt that the food was delicious & the staff was genuinely nice. I recommend the Mushroom Spring rolls, Black Cod, and Duck Fried Rice. Also, try some of the coctails from their menu-- I am not usually a cocktail sort of person, but they were actually pretty tasy! Enjoy!

Pros: Cool Space, Accomodating to Groups, Great Food

Cons: Service could have been better.

 

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