Le Colonial

Restaurants , Vietnamese Midtown East
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After ten years, this elegant wood-bedecked space is still midtown’s answer to downtown’s enduringly fashionable Indochine. Ladies who lunch get their protein from the grilled lemongrass chicken breast, placed atop cold noodles with a peanut dressing. For the men who adorn them, there’s grilled loin of pork, with mango-and-jicama salad in a passion-wasabi sauce. And they share, shamelessly, the plump grilled shrimp, served on an impressive stump of sugarcane. At night, the blue neon sign serves as a homing beacon for seekers of the rattan-laden, second-floor bar, an elegant salon reminiscent of a Wong Kar-wai film.
Venue name: Le Colonial
Address: 149 E 57th St
New York
Cross street: between Lexington and Third Aves
Opening hours: Mon noon–2:30pm, 5:30–11pm; Tue–Fri noon–2:30pm, 5:30–11:30pm; Sat, Sun 5:30–11:30pm
Transport: Subway: N, R, W to Lexington Ave–59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St
Price: Average main course: $18. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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