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“Poor Version of Vietnamese Food” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Saigon Grill -- Broadway - CLOSED

Saigon Grill -- Broadway
620 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10024-1337 (Upper West Side)
(212) 875-9072
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Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Melbourne Australia
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“Poor Version of Vietnamese Food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

For diners used to European and Australian versions of Vietnamese food or, even better, Vietnamese originals, the Saigon Grill is a very poor imitation. This is a busy and large restaurant and service is quick. But the food itself (and we didn't try the Japanese menu) was disappointing. The Goi ga or Vietnamese coleslaw - which is always our measure of how a Vietnamese kitchen handles food - had no (obligatory and traditional) shredded cabbage just lettuce, and the salad lacked the sharp, strong flavours of mint, coriander and chile that Vietnamese cuisine has. The ginger-honey chicken was gluggy and like a poor example of Cantonese Chinese food; the main vegetable was thickly sliced white onion. The Beef with lemongrass was a tad better but it had no vegetables other than the lemongrass. The rice paper rolls were barely acceptable with a pro dipping source. Rumor has it (we were visitors) that there are frequently labor pickets protesting outside on many occasions due to poor labor conditions. There weren't any the night we were there- but be warned.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Neighborhood Vietnames worth traveling to”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

Saigon Grill is chaotic, to say the least. It is crowded and loud - and fun. The food is simply outstanding. You get great value and flavor at a reasonable price.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“Fast service,great food & prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

Love the Goi Du Du- the green papaya salad. Also the Bun Xo with shrimp and the soup with pineapple, shrimp, tomatoes, cilantro, and whatever else makes such a sweet and sour taste at the same time.

Visited April 2012
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nyc
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“A Good Meal and a Good Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

The Saigon Grill is a neighborhood staple -- generous servings of tasty dishes at reasonable prices. There are some great finds on the menu -- the grilled eggplant is sublime, and so are some of the vegetable curries. The shrimp varies, can be fine, or can be chewy, but the Curry Tom is great when they're having a good day. There's a decent pho. The food was so extraordinary and varied in Vietnam that it's hard to come back to Stateside versions, but that said, it's good to have Saigon Grill nearby.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Charlotte, NC
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“Great food for a great price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

We stayed at a hotel nearby and were so impressed with the food we ate here twice. The food is delicious and very well priced-- you can't beat the $5 drafts. The menu is huge and you can find something for every palate. Service is a little slow so pack some patience.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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