Saigon Grill

★★★★☆
  • 620 Amsterdam Ave

    New York, NY 10024

    Cross street: at 90th St.

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  • 212-875-9072

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Daily, 11am-midnight

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Saigon Grill is always very consistent and good. Do try the bung xao if you have not already.

3
★★★★★

Saigon Grill is always very consistent and good. Do try the bung xao if you have not already.

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Even before it moved to its present larger location, I was addicted to Saigon Grill's dependable, tasty, inexpensive food -- especially the old reliable (for me), #78, which has an unpronounceable name with an X figuring prominently in it,

3
★★★★★

Even before it moved to its present larger location, I was addicted to Saigon Grill's dependable, tasty, inexpensive food -- especially the old reliable (for me), #78, which has an unpronounceable name with an X figuring prominently in it,

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We did a quick check of the online reviews to see 4 stars for Saigon Grill, so off we went. Wow, reviewers must have very low standards! We love our local Vietnamese place in Ottawa, but this place in the big city was really bad. The food

3
★★★★★

We did a quick check of the online reviews to see 4 stars for Saigon Grill, so off we went. Wow, reviewers must have very low standards! We love our local Vietnamese place in Ottawa, but this place in the big city was really bad. The food

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I ordered delivery a few nights ago. The total of my order was $12.19 and I gave the guy a $20. He handed me back $6 (basically keeping close to $2 extra already), so I went to hand him just $2 more, which would total nearly a $4 tip. He rudely said "whaa?? 2 dollars!?? bad tip!" to which I replied "you only gave me $6 in change, it should have been close to $8," and he just stared at me. I handed him an extra dollar and shut the door. So rude and unprofessional.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I ordered delivery a few nights ago. The total of my order was $12.19 and I gave the guy a $20. He handed me back $6 (basically keeping close to $2 extra already), so I went to hand him just $2 more, which would total nearly a $4 tip. He rudely said "whaa?? 2 dollars!?? bad tip!" to which I replied "you only gave me $6 in change, it should have been close to $8," and he just stared at me. I handed him an extra dollar and shut the door. So rude and unprofessional.

Pros: not sure, the food wasn't even good

Cons: delivery man with poor customer service

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This used to be my favorite restaurant, I live in the area and frequented the restaurant on weekdays and even special occasions.

But, no more.

I cannot patronize a restaurant where the workers are paid less than $2 an hour. The owners, Simon and Michelle Niget, also locked out their delivery workers for protesting the low wages. Mr. and Mrs. Niget would charge delivery workers fines for things like slamming the door or taking sick leave.

The food at Saigon Grill has lost its taste for me. I cannot enjoy their chicken satay and rice crepes with shrimp knowing that their owners are making over $2 million in profits a month, but stiffing their workers out of a living wage. I can't eat their sushi, knowing that Mr. and Mrs. Niget are taking advantage of the fact that their workers are mostly undocumented Chinese and Latino immigrants who are afraid of protesting this unfair treatment.

Join me in boycotting Saigon Grill. Call the Nigets and tell them that you refuse to eat at their restaurant until they settle with the delivery workers.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This used to be my favorite restaurant, I live in the area and frequented the restaurant on weekdays and even special occasions.

But, no more.

I cannot patronize a restaurant where the workers are paid less than $2 an hour. The owners, Simon and Michelle Niget, also locked out their delivery workers for protesting the low wages. Mr. and Mrs. Niget would charge delivery workers fines for things like slamming the door or taking sick leave.

The food at Saigon Grill has lost its taste for me. I cannot enjoy their chicken satay and rice crepes with shrimp knowing that their owners are making over $2 million in profits a month, but stiffing their workers out of a living wage. I can't eat their sushi, knowing that Mr. and Mrs. Niget are taking advantage of the fact that their workers are mostly undocumented Chinese and Latino immigrants who are afraid of protesting this unfair treatment.

Join me in boycotting Saigon Grill. Call the Nigets and tell them that you refuse to eat at their restaurant until they settle with the delivery workers.

Pros: none

Cons: greedy boss, workers making less than $2 an hour, exploitation of 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 employes & is completely illegal. I went to see and there is a very loud picket line outside either this Saigon Grill location or the one at Union Square 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 employes & is completely illegal. I went to see and there is a very loud picket line outside either this Saigon Grill location or the one at Union Square 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 agree with you jfong.
came across this blog abt the delivery boycott: boycottsaigongrill.blogspot

1
★★★☆☆

i agree with you jfong.
came across this blog abt the delivery boycott: boycottsaigongrill.blogspot

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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 is found in many New York travel books, so that's how most people find out about it. I went there the first time on a date with a guy from Korea, but it was to the one on the upper-east side (much smaller, but speedy!). This location is so large, you get lost in it the first time. I guess it has a much higher attendance cause I've waited here longer than at the other location, but tis worth it, I tell you. You can't go wrong. Everything is delicious!!! The vegetables are fresh, and the sauces are a perfect combination of spicy and sweet (if you like Thai food, try this). Try the Canh Chua (soup) first (the large one is like a swimming pool, so only go for it if you're hungry!), go for an appetizer to split (the beef sate is good), and share a main dish. Trust me, it's enough food. Overall, I'd recommend the chicken or veggie dishes over the beef ones, and I don't have much experience with the fish dishes. The best part about this place is when the check comes... you stare at it and say "That's it?" You will find yourself coming back, oh yes, and I will see you there.

2
★★★★★

Saigon Grill is found in many New York travel books, so that's how most people find out about it. I went there the first time on a date with a guy from Korea, but it was to the one on the upper-east side (much smaller, but speedy!). This location is so large, you get lost in it the first time. I guess it has a much higher attendance cause I've waited here longer than at the other location, but tis worth it, I tell you. You can't go wrong. Everything is delicious!!! The vegetables are fresh, and the sauces are a perfect combination of spicy and sweet (if you like Thai food, try this). Try the Canh Chua (soup) first (the large one is like a swimming pool, so only go for it if you're hungry!), go for an appetizer to split (the beef sate is good), and share a main dish. Trust me, it's enough food. Overall, I'd recommend the chicken or veggie dishes over the beef ones, and I don't have much experience with the fish dishes. The best part about this place is when the check comes... you stare at it and say "That's it?" You will find yourself coming back, oh yes, and I will see you there.

Pros: Fresh Food, Licking-the-Sauce-Off-Your-Plate Delicious, Fast Service

Cons: A Tad Noisy

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I used to work on Columbus Ave and ordered from here almost weekly. They're quick and it's an affordable and tasty meal. Pretty authentic Vietnamese food. Can't say anything about the restaurant as I've never actually been inside!

2
★★★★★

I used to work on Columbus Ave and ordered from here almost weekly. They're quick and it's an affordable and tasty meal. Pretty authentic Vietnamese food. Can't say anything about the restaurant as I've never actually been inside!

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We went there with friends, it was noisy but we could talk OK, really loved food but even more impressed with their low prices

2
★★★★★

We went there with friends, it was noisy but we could talk OK, really loved food but even more impressed with their low prices

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I've never actually seen the place, just ordered form the delivery menu left in my building's lobby. The vegetarian entrees are delicious, though it should be noted that their "bean curd" is actually some kind og fake meat. Still, yummmmy. My boyfriend really likes the hot soup with the shrimp in it.

2
★★★★★

I've never actually seen the place, just ordered form the delivery menu left in my building's lobby. The vegetarian entrees are delicious, though it should be noted that their "bean curd" is actually some kind og fake meat. Still, yummmmy. My boyfriend really likes the hot soup with the shrimp in it.

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I used to like this place for its reasonable prices combined with decent tasting food. Now this has changed. The food is totally without flavor and no quantity of soy or other sauce one splashes on after the facts changes the result. I will skip this place until there is a change in the wind.

1
★★★☆☆

I used to like this place for its reasonable prices combined with decent tasting food. Now this has changed. The food is totally without flavor and no quantity of soy or other sauce one splashes on after the facts changes the result. I will skip this place until there is a change in the wind.

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I love this restaurant. The food is great. I always go there once a week & the times I missed is only when I'm away on vacation. I recommend the seafood hot & sour soup, chicken pan friend noodles, grilled steak cubes (Bulacloc), Seafood Bouillabaise, Fried Vegetable Spring Roll (#2), Sweet & Sour Fish, Fried Calamari, Ribs, Stringbeans. Its always packed so you have to wait for a table..Other than the wait, everything else is great.

2
★★★★★

I love this restaurant. The food is great. I always go there once a week & the times I missed is only when I'm away on vacation. I recommend the seafood hot & sour soup, chicken pan friend noodles, grilled steak cubes (Bulacloc), Seafood Bouillabaise, Fried Vegetable Spring Roll (#2), Sweet & Sour Fish, Fried Calamari, Ribs, Stringbeans. Its always packed so you have to wait for a table..Other than the wait, everything else is great.

Pros: Excellent Food, Great Price

Cons: Always packed

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I don't understand some of the reviewers on here. If you want a high quality dining experience go somewhere where the prices reflect as such!
I just paid $42 dollars for a meal for two, including tip, which covered: two appetizers, two enormous entrees, one bowl of soup, complementary tea, one alcoholic beverage and one non-alcoholic beverage. Neither of us could finish the amount of food presented to us. We had about a ten minute wait but the service once seated is efficient and friendly (this was on a Friday night). There is no rush to finish your meal.
If you want a cheap, tasty asian experience with a highly diverse crowd of NY'ers, check this place out. If you want to be a snobbish food critic, take out your wallet and put your money where your mouth is.

2
★★★★☆

I don't understand some of the reviewers on here. If you want a high quality dining experience go somewhere where the prices reflect as such!
I just paid $42 dollars for a meal for two, including tip, which covered: two appetizers, two enormous entrees, one bowl of soup, complementary tea, one alcoholic beverage and one non-alcoholic beverage. Neither of us could finish the amount of food presented to us. We had about a ten minute wait but the service once seated is efficient and friendly (this was on a Friday night). There is no rush to finish your meal.
If you want a cheap, tasty asian experience with a highly diverse crowd of NY'ers, check this place out. If you want to be a snobbish food critic, take out your wallet and put your money where your mouth is.

Pros: Prices, Food, Service

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My roommate and I had been loyal Saigon customers since our move to NYC in 2005. While we think the food is great, the delivery service is terrible. I don't mean the wait, the delivery person always gets to our apartment in less than 30 minutes, HOWEVER if you dare to tip him less than $5 for delivery he will not give you your change, will question if your asking price is correct, and will mumble what are no doubt swear words under his breath. This happened to us not once, not twice, but three times. Sorry buddy, three strikes youre out. Will never order delivery from here again.

2
★★★★☆

My roommate and I had been loyal Saigon customers since our move to NYC in 2005. While we think the food is great, the delivery service is terrible. I don't mean the wait, the delivery person always gets to our apartment in less than 30 minutes, HOWEVER if you dare to tip him less than $5 for delivery he will not give you your change, will question if your asking price is correct, and will mumble what are no doubt swear words under his breath. This happened to us not once, not twice, but three times. Sorry buddy, three strikes youre out. Will never order delivery from here again.

Pros: Inexpensive, Good portions, Tasty

Cons: Rude delivery person, MSG

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It used to be awesome, but then again, it used to be more Vietnamese. Now the place serves everything from sushi to phad thai and it doesn't stop there. The prices have gone up a slight notch, attracting a whole new crowd of folks who don't seem to know much about Vietnamese fare. Sadly, neither do many of the Chinese waiters who work here :(

1
★★★☆☆

It used to be awesome, but then again, it used to be more Vietnamese. Now the place serves everything from sushi to phad thai and it doesn't stop there. The prices have gone up a slight notch, attracting a whole new crowd of folks who don't seem to know much about Vietnamese fare. Sadly, neither do many of the Chinese waiters who work here :(

Pros: Prices

Cons: Service, Decor, Crowded

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I love going to this large Vietnamese place because you get seated immediately even on weekends, and the service is quick and efficient. The food is great (try the spring rolls and sushi!) and there is something for everyone on the large menu. Good for large groups too - they have big tables or separate rooms.

PROS: Large restaurant, quick service and great food, great prices
CONS: sometimes loud

4
★★★★☆

I love going to this large Vietnamese place because you get seated immediately even on weekends, and the service is quick and efficient. The food is great (try the spring rolls and sushi!) and there is something for everyone on the large menu. Good for large groups too - they have big tables or separate rooms.

PROS: Large restaurant, quick service and great food, great prices
CONS: sometimes loud

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Saigon Grill is as authentic Vietnamese food as the Panda Wok at your strip mall is authentic Chinese food. Service is terrible. Waiters have no idea what they're serving. The pho, a staple of vietnamese food, was essentially rice noodles in an MSG broth. Basically, all the food on the menu is a half-ass'd attempt at vietnamese food, followed by a innappropriate heap of MSG to make up for the lack of any flavor. Come to think of it, a lot of the food on the menu isn't even Vietnamese at all.

Unfortunately, the best Vietnamese food in the city is still at those tiny places scattered throughout, where all the waiters know and only know Vietnamese, and the menus are horribly translated.

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★★☆☆☆

Saigon Grill is as authentic Vietnamese food as the Panda Wok at your strip mall is authentic Chinese food. Service is terrible. Waiters have no idea what they're serving. The pho, a staple of vietnamese food, was essentially rice noodles in an MSG broth. Basically, all the food on the menu is a half-ass'd attempt at vietnamese food, followed by a innappropriate heap of MSG to make up for the lack of any flavor. Come to think of it, a lot of the food on the menu isn't even Vietnamese at all.

Unfortunately, the best Vietnamese food in the city is still at those tiny places scattered throughout, where all the waiters know and only know Vietnamese, and the menus are horribly translated.

Cons: inauthentic, terrible food, bad service

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ok - 3 appetizers, 7 entrees.

delivered in 10 minutes.

REDICULOUSLY FAST!!!!

awesome

2
★★★★☆

ok - 3 appetizers, 7 entrees.

delivered in 10 minutes.

REDICULOUSLY FAST!!!!

awesome

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don't go here for impeccable service. if you want good portions of tasty food delivered promptly to your table, this place is it. for an even better bargain, go on weekdays and take advantage of their lunch specials. you won't be disappointed.

2
★★★★☆

don't go here for impeccable service. if you want good portions of tasty food delivered promptly to your table, this place is it. for an even better bargain, go on weekdays and take advantage of their lunch specials. you won't be disappointed.

Pros: good food, quick service, cheap!

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I love Saigon Grill!!! Their dishes and prices make my day, especially the cheap lunch specials that can feed more than 1. Make sure to try the curry. The service is quick and food comes up in no time. The only downside is that this place is so popular that you might have to wait awhile during dinnertime.

2
★★★★★

I love Saigon Grill!!! Their dishes and prices make my day, especially the cheap lunch specials that can feed more than 1. Make sure to try the curry. The service is quick and food comes up in no time. The only downside is that this place is so popular that you might have to wait awhile during dinnertime.

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I've been to many a vietnamese restaurant but this place tops the list. I've had them deliver food to me, and have eaten there on many occassions and they have not yet disappointed me once. My gf and I always get the curry ga and the bun xao, two great dishes, but definitely not the only good ones available. Check this place out for inexpensive, delicious vietnamese food!

2
★★★★★

I've been to many a vietnamese restaurant but this place tops the list. I've had them deliver food to me, and have eaten there on many occassions and they have not yet disappointed me once. My gf and I always get the curry ga and the bun xao, two great dishes, but definitely not the only good ones available. Check this place out for inexpensive, delicious vietnamese food!

Pros: inexpensive, clean bathroom, great food

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This place cannot be beat!! Not only is everything quick, fresh, and delicious, they go out of their way to please. On the most recent occasion, I called ahead to find out if there was a wait (it was Saturday night). The girl who answered the phone said there might be, and when she found out I was on the way there, she gave me a seating number over the phone just to ensure that when I got there I wouldn't have to wait. How many places in this city can you say would do that...particularly since they get so much business that they really wouldn't have to be concerned about satisfying one customer if they didn't want to. I give it a definite two thumbs up, and that's just because I only have two hands.

2
★★★★★

This place cannot be beat!! Not only is everything quick, fresh, and delicious, they go out of their way to please. On the most recent occasion, I called ahead to find out if there was a wait (it was Saturday night). The girl who answered the phone said there might be, and when she found out I was on the way there, she gave me a seating number over the phone just to ensure that when I got there I wouldn't have to wait. How many places in this city can you say would do that...particularly since they get so much business that they really wouldn't have to be concerned about satisfying one customer if they didn't want to. I give it a definite two thumbs up, and that's just because I only have two hands.

Pros: Everything

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Casual restaurant that seems as if it has been remodeled (they added a sushi bar and numerous sushi chefs) and is not as dreary as one would come to expect from other posts. Good appetizers included beef satay, spare ribs. For entrees, the whole fried sea bass was good. It was not at all greasy and lightly flash fried. They did go a bit heavy on the sweet and sour sauce though. Small cherries where the eyes should be kept son entertained. Also good was Bo Luc Lac beef teriyaki in cubes that was served medium rare. The Bun Xao noodles were ok too.

2
★★★★☆

Casual restaurant that seems as if it has been remodeled (they added a sushi bar and numerous sushi chefs) and is not as dreary as one would come to expect from other posts. Good appetizers included beef satay, spare ribs. For entrees, the whole fried sea bass was good. It was not at all greasy and lightly flash fried. They did go a bit heavy on the sweet and sour sauce though. Small cherries where the eyes should be kept son entertained. Also good was Bo Luc Lac beef teriyaki in cubes that was served medium rare. The Bun Xao noodles were ok too.

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I must be missing something. It's inexpensive--but our food (a stirfried chicken entree and pork entree) was terrible. It was poorly made, the sauce was thickened with corn starch and not at all savory, and it was totally inauthentic. (Note: I didn't try any of the rice paper rolls or ceviche--which, from the next table, looked pretty good.)

Service is lovely, polite and on the ball, but that can't save the food.

1
★★★☆☆

I must be missing something. It's inexpensive--but our food (a stirfried chicken entree and pork entree) was terrible. It was poorly made, the sauce was thickened with corn starch and not at all savory, and it was totally inauthentic. (Note: I didn't try any of the rice paper rolls or ceviche--which, from the next table, looked pretty good.)

Service is lovely, polite and on the ball, but that can't save the food.

Pros: Nice, fast service

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With the recent renovations the place is double the size. I go almost every week either for take out or to dine in, sometimes with large groups, and there is never much of a wait. They expanded their menu and now offer sushi. The sushi is good, but is obviously more pricey than their vietnamese dishes. The service is fast and the portions are huge. We are always shocked when we stuff our faces with food and drinks and the bill comes out to less than $20 a person. Saigon Grill rocks!

2
★★★★★

With the recent renovations the place is double the size. I go almost every week either for take out or to dine in, sometimes with large groups, and there is never much of a wait. They expanded their menu and now offer sushi. The sushi is good, but is obviously more pricey than their vietnamese dishes. The service is fast and the portions are huge. We are always shocked when we stuff our faces with food and drinks and the bill comes out to less than $20 a person. Saigon Grill rocks!

Pros: Inexpensive, Tasty, Food comes out quick

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What I ordered: Shredded Green Papaya Salad, Appetizer Plater, and Chicken Pho ($15). The food was delicious! The papaya salad was topped with wonderfully flavored grilled beef. All the meats have no nasty pieces of fat. The food is all about quality. The beef tasted similar to Korean barbecue. It went great with salad. The dressing was just a sweet vinegar and it was great! The appetizer platter was great for my first time. I got to try beef and chicken sate. The egg rolls were okay. But the sugar cane shrimp was the coolest experience. I got to bit and chew on the delicious stalk of sugar cane and eating the fried shrimp paste. The chicken pho was wonderful. It was plain and not too salty. The free tea was downright soothing and medicinal. The service is beyond attentive and courteous. Every glass of water is paid attention to.

2
★★★★★

What I ordered: Shredded Green Papaya Salad, Appetizer Plater, and Chicken Pho ($15). The food was delicious! The papaya salad was topped with wonderfully flavored grilled beef. All the meats have no nasty pieces of fat. The food is all about quality. The beef tasted similar to Korean barbecue. It went great with salad. The dressing was just a sweet vinegar and it was great! The appetizer platter was great for my first time. I got to try beef and chicken sate. The egg rolls were okay. But the sugar cane shrimp was the coolest experience. I got to bit and chew on the delicious stalk of sugar cane and eating the fried shrimp paste. The chicken pho was wonderful. It was plain and not too salty. The free tea was downright soothing and medicinal. The service is beyond attentive and courteous. Every glass of water is paid attention to.

Pros: large dining area, delicious food, free tea

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Great and inexpensive food! Large portions. (You could easily split an entree, but you wont want to!) Long lines (for good reason), but they move fast especially for couples and small groups (easier to seat). Can't rave enough about the food. Fast, attentive service. The food is on your table minutes after ordering it. They move fast without really rushing you. Although, there is a bit of an assembly line feel because of the close quarters and speed at which food is served. Don't expect a deep or romantic conversation here (it's loud and you'll be too busy eating to talk). Best Asian-style food I've had. (Note: Saigon Grill is not strictly Vietnamese food. Its Asian food with a Vietnamese tilt.) It is the kind of restaurant that you will go to over and over again.

2
★★★★★

Great and inexpensive food! Large portions. (You could easily split an entree, but you wont want to!) Long lines (for good reason), but they move fast especially for couples and small groups (easier to seat). Can't rave enough about the food. Fast, attentive service. The food is on your table minutes after ordering it. They move fast without really rushing you. Although, there is a bit of an assembly line feel because of the close quarters and speed at which food is served. Don't expect a deep or romantic conversation here (it's loud and you'll be too busy eating to talk). Best Asian-style food I've had. (Note: Saigon Grill is not strictly Vietnamese food. Its Asian food with a Vietnamese tilt.) It is the kind of restaurant that you will go to over and over again.

Pros: Food, Price, Portion size

Cons: Long lines, Close seating, No reservations

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The food is delicious, reasonable priced, and the portions are enormous. The only drawback is that the place is so popular! A long wait is inevitable at normal dining hours, but it's worth it. Try the spring rolls, bun (noodles), seared beef, curry shrimp soup - it's all good.

2
★★★★☆

The food is delicious, reasonable priced, and the portions are enormous. The only drawback is that the place is so popular! A long wait is inevitable at normal dining hours, but it's worth it. Try the spring rolls, bun (noodles), seared beef, curry shrimp soup - it's all good.

Pros: CHEAP, DELICIOUS

Cons: Crowded, Wait to be seated

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Great selection and variation on the menu and the prices are CHEAP. However, be prepared to rub elbows with the folks next to you. The service was surprisingly good despite the crowd. We asked for extra mint leaves and they were very accomodating. We were a party of two and were sat almost immediately. Larger groups had to wait a while.

2
★★★★★

Great selection and variation on the menu and the prices are CHEAP. However, be prepared to rub elbows with the folks next to you. The service was surprisingly good despite the crowd. We asked for extra mint leaves and they were very accomodating. We were a party of two and were sat almost immediately. Larger groups had to wait a while.

Pros: Food Variety

Cons: Busy

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I met a friend here for dinner a few weeks ago. I was so pleasantly surprised by the food- it was the first time I had Vietnamese and it was great!! The service a bit rushed because it is a packed place! Everybody comes to the restaurant, young, old, students, couples, groups, it seems like a great "regular" spot, and the prices are great! And the servings are plentiful; Try a fruity cocktail while you are at it! I love the mai-thai. Make a reservation if you are with a big group.

2
★★★★★

I met a friend here for dinner a few weeks ago. I was so pleasantly surprised by the food- it was the first time I had Vietnamese and it was great!! The service a bit rushed because it is a packed place! Everybody comes to the restaurant, young, old, students, couples, groups, it seems like a great "regular" spot, and the prices are great! And the servings are plentiful; Try a fruity cocktail while you are at it! I love the mai-thai. Make a reservation if you are with a big group.

Pros: location, service, FOOD!!!

Cons: rushed service

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We were seated immediately. Not being familiar with Vietnamese cuisine, we found the menu descriptions very helpful. The food was served quickly, and was delicious. For two, eating until we were more than full, the bill was under $20. The bathrooms were exceptionally clean. A good value, I will be back.

2
★★★★☆

We were seated immediately. Not being familiar with Vietnamese cuisine, we found the menu descriptions very helpful. The food was served quickly, and was delicious. For two, eating until we were more than full, the bill was under $20. The bathrooms were exceptionally clean. A good value, I will be back.

Pros: Good value, Clean, friendly

Cons: not intimate

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Great, light food that is delicious. You cannot beat the prices. Favorites are Crispy Twin Delicacies, Ga Sate, Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Bun Xao.

Recent move to a bigger and more welcoming place to Amsterdam hasn't changed the fact that they're always jam-packed.

2
★★★★★

Great, light food that is delicious. You cannot beat the prices. Favorites are Crispy Twin Delicacies, Ga Sate, Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Bun Xao.

Recent move to a bigger and more welcoming place to Amsterdam hasn't changed the fact that they're always jam-packed.

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I eat Saigon Grill food three times a week and I never tire of it. The food will not blow you away, but it's consistent and almost everything on the extensive menu is great. The new location offers many more seats and less waiting.

The Goi Du Du (green papaya salad) is fantastic. The spare ribs are phenomenal and a bargain. The soups are terrific. Ga Sate (Chicken in peanut sauce) is unique and wonderful. The Bo Luc Loc (steak cubes) will satify any meat eater - cooked perfectly every time.

The beauty of saigon grill is in the consistency and the food comes out fast every time. I don't know how they do it, I'm just glad they do.

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★★★★★

I eat Saigon Grill food three times a week and I never tire of it. The food will not blow you away, but it's consistent and almost everything on the extensive menu is great. The new location offers many more seats and less waiting.

The Goi Du Du (green papaya salad) is fantastic. The spare ribs are phenomenal and a bargain. The soups are terrific. Ga Sate (Chicken in peanut sauce) is unique and wonderful. The Bo Luc Loc (steak cubes) will satify any meat eater - cooked perfectly every time.

The beauty of saigon grill is in the consistency and the food comes out fast every time. I don't know how they do it, I'm just glad they do.

Pros: Fast, Affordable

Cons: None

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I have been fond of Saigon Grill for years for the incredible food, fast and reliable service, and modest prices. Unfortunately, we've had bad experiences with the new location. We waited for almost an hour (when they had told us 30 minutes max), the service was unfriendly, and it was noisy (attempts to curtail this with random pieces of foam failed). The food, however, was fantastic. I will continue to relish their victuals but will only dine-in at odd hours. I think I'll primarily stick to take-out. (addendum 11/22/02): Now I have to rethink takeout...we ordered tonight clearly for pickup and when I walked the 10 blocks to get it, they told me that the food was being delivered and that I had made a mistake. Apparently the delivery guy was less then gracious as well. BE CLEAR WHEN YOU ORDER. Unfortunately, their infrastructure hasn't caught up to their popularity.

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★★★★☆

I have been fond of Saigon Grill for years for the incredible food, fast and reliable service, and modest prices. Unfortunately, we've had bad experiences with the new location. We waited for almost an hour (when they had told us 30 minutes max), the service was unfriendly, and it was noisy (attempts to curtail this with random pieces of foam failed). The food, however, was fantastic. I will continue to relish their victuals but will only dine-in at odd hours. I think I'll primarily stick to take-out. (addendum 11/22/02): Now I have to rethink takeout...we ordered tonight clearly for pickup and when I walked the 10 blocks to get it, they told me that the food was being delivered and that I had made a mistake. Apparently the delivery guy was less then gracious as well. BE CLEAR WHEN YOU ORDER. Unfortunately, their infrastructure hasn't caught up to their popularity.

Pros: fantastic food, reasonable prices, reliable take-out

Cons: noisy, long wait, poor service

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This place is great - it's inexpensive and delicious. Best for take out - one entree will definitely feed two people

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★★★★★

This place is great - it's inexpensive and delicious. Best for take out - one entree will definitely feed two people

Pros: cheap, delicious, authentic

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We read the good reviews here and decided to give it a try, since we love authentic Vietnamese. We ordered the the ginger chicken and another chicken dish (the ordered names escape us). As soon as it was brought to us, we knew we had been had! 100% chinese! What a disappointment since we both hate chinese food. The two dishes we ordered differed only in sweetness!! If you want authentic Vietnamese I suggest going down to the Vietnamese area of Chinatown.

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★★☆☆☆

We read the good reviews here and decided to give it a try, since we love authentic Vietnamese. We ordered the the ginger chicken and another chicken dish (the ordered names escape us). As soon as it was brought to us, we knew we had been had! 100% chinese! What a disappointment since we both hate chinese food. The two dishes we ordered differed only in sweetness!! If you want authentic Vietnamese I suggest going down to the Vietnamese area of Chinatown.

Pros: Not a dump, sound absorbers above

Cons: Not remotely VN!

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My favorite Vietnamese restaurant, and quite possibly my favorite restaurant. Pho bo, green papaya salad, crystal dumplings, vegetarian curry, and barbequed beef are unbelievably delicious. Always crowded at dinner, even on Mondays. They just moved to a bigger location (thank god) so there's more room to sit down and someplace to wait if you do take-out.

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★★★★★

My favorite Vietnamese restaurant, and quite possibly my favorite restaurant. Pho bo, green papaya salad, crystal dumplings, vegetarian curry, and barbequed beef are unbelievably delicious. Always crowded at dinner, even on Mondays. They just moved to a bigger location (thank god) so there's more room to sit down and someplace to wait if you do take-out.

Pros: inexpensive, delicious food

Cons: boring decor

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Good Food. Fast and Polite Service. Nice Ambience. Reasonable Prices. Worth it

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★★★★☆

Good Food. Fast and Polite Service. Nice Ambience. Reasonable Prices. Worth it

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Best Vietnamese food in NYC at a great price. Their new upper west side location (they moved around the corner to Amsterdam) is a huge improvement -- more spacious and better decor. You still may have to wait some before you are seated, but their near McDonalds-speed service makes up for it. For the same food with less of a wait (and less frenetic environment), try the upper east side location.

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★★★★★

Best Vietnamese food in NYC at a great price. Their new upper west side location (they moved around the corner to Amsterdam) is a huge improvement -- more spacious and better decor. You still may have to wait some before you are seated, but their near McDonalds-speed service makes up for it. For the same food with less of a wait (and less frenetic environment), try the upper east side location.

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The place to eat Vietnamese, this side of Manhattan.
My personal favorite: Grandma's Sweet Rice Dumplings! No meal is complete without it.

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★★★★☆

The place to eat Vietnamese, this side of Manhattan.
My personal favorite: Grandma's Sweet Rice Dumplings! No meal is complete without it.

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The food is fabulous -- fresh, just the right spices -- and there isn't a faster takeout city in Manhattan. If you're hungry and you just can't wait, this is the place to call. If you're eating there, expect lines but everyone moves in and out fairly quickly so the wait is rarely too long. The papaya salad and the shrimp curried soup are always good bets.

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★★★★★

The food is fabulous -- fresh, just the right spices -- and there isn't a faster takeout city in Manhattan. If you're hungry and you just can't wait, this is the place to call. If you're eating there, expect lines but everyone moves in and out fairly quickly so the wait is rarely too long. The papaya salad and the shrimp curried soup are always good bets.

 

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