Sao Mai

Restaurants, Vietnamese East Village
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Sao Mai
Sao Mai

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
Address: 203 First Ave
New York
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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Grace I Chen

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.