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Sao Mai Vietnamese Cuisine

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203 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10003-2986
+1 212-358-8880
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good51%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“pho” (18 reviews)
“spring rolls” (5 reviews)
“noodles” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:30 PMAll hours
Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly
203 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10003-2986
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Reviewed May 8, 2017

We went here first time 2 years ago and had to come back (we live in Denmark). The food and the service was excellent again and we talked at lenght with Billy who said that they again this time gladly would cook us a Banh...More

Reviewed March 3, 2017

Not the best pho I had. the brought was salty and I missed actual real chillies. Instead, they served green jalapenos of some sort. Had better pho. Good service. Quick.

Thank Kate S
Reviewed January 2, 2017

Most people go there for the pho, which is quite good, but the tamarind soup (a bit spicy) is even better. The summer rolls are not bad, either. Service is excellent.

Thank Redfoot
Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Not only is the best phở I've had in NYC, the menu is extensive and offers many vegetarian options. We usually go for brunch on Sundays, and the place is busy but we haven't had to wait. The staff is friendly and the price is...More

Thank David H
Reviewed November 29, 2016

If you are looking for the best Pho in NYC, look no further than Sao Mai. The House Special Pho is filled with 3 different meats, noodles and veggies.

Thank Presto67
Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend found this small place in Thrillist as one of the top 10 best Pho in the city. Service was fast. Appetizer came out within 5 minutes. Their house special Pho was awesome. It cured my hangover. 😜

Thank nesza00000
Reviewed June 12, 2016

We dined here for a quick dinner. Two of the party ordered the pho-- vegetarian and steak pho. I ordered the lemon grass chicken rice plate. The prices were very reasonable-- for three people about $30 (no beverages). My chicken dish was below average compared...More

Thank sharkisland
Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Best spring rolls we have had. Chicken Curry was delicious. Great service for how busy restaurant was. My wife got chicken mushrooms and loved it.

Thank Kyle G
Reviewed March 20, 2016

Wandering the East Village - the hungries struck and visions of Pho danced in our heads. Popping into a few shops we were pointed in the direction of Sao Mai. A small, cozy restaurant - warm smiles and vibes welcomed us. We had the beef...More

Thank Prentiss P
Reviewed March 16, 2016

We had a great meal at Sao Mai. Its a nice restaurant and the service was good. The young gentlemen hosting was super friendly and took the time to talk about the food he was serving. The beef in my dish was great and had...More

Thank glennrr
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 203 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10003-2986
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-358-8880
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