Vietnamese native Ronny Nguyen (Xe Lua) prepares dishes—brisket pho, lemongrass chicken, BBQ snapper—from his homeland at this 40-seat East Village restaurant.
|Venue name:||Sao Mai||Contact:|
203 First Ave
|Cross street:||between 12th and 13th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $9. MC, V|
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Coming from the west coast, I am pretty disappointed in the Vietnamese offerings in the city—especially pho. Sao Mai is one of the few places I visit or order from to satisfy my pho cravings. I always order the beef meatball pho, and they’re pretty generous with the amount of meat per order. The rest of their menu is a hit-or-miss. I’ve come before with a friend who is Vietnamese, and she was happy with the pho but unhappy with everything else we ordered. One thing to note, I have had nothing but great experiences ordering delivery from them (via Seamless). The food arrives VERY FAST and piping hot.