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“Fantastic on a cold day”

Sao Mai Vietnamese Cuisine
Ranked #3,370 of 14,015 Restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Neighborhood: East Village
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Neighborhood: East Village
Reviewed December 23, 2012

Friendly staff, greeted us with hot tea, on the house. Stopped in for lunch, and we had spring rolls and the house special pho. Huge portions, great flavors and well priced. It was a great reprieve from the cold winds outside and we left feeling a bit rejuvenated.

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Rather amusingly ran out of glasses when we were there! But we didn't care.

Chili squid was delicious... And the Pho Ga was also excellent.

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Thank Neil S
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

We went to the East Village to have lunch at a S'Mac but it was so crowded that we changed our mind. We had already parked our car and we looked for another restaurant nearby. We saw Sao Mai and we decided to give it a change. It is certainly worth going. The restaurant is small and cozy. The employees are very kind. They serve tea when they seat you at the table.We have two children and I can say that this place is also children friendly. We had spring rolls and summer spring rolls and a soup to start. Delicious. We all love those dishes. Then I a clay pot tofu, noodles with grilled chicken and spicy flank beef. Really good. At the end they took as decorated apple (shaped as a duckie) to my little girl that needless to say, was very happy. The last nice surprise is the check. Not expensive at all. . My only regret: it's not exactly in our neighborhood. But we certainly plan to come here again. It is really worth the travel

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Reviewed January 21, 2012

Great Vietnamese in E. Village/Alphabet City - E. 12 & 1st Ave (203 1st Ave).

Came across this wonderful place (Sao Mai) though a write up in an email from Chowhound. It is a relatively new place and hopefully it will have a long & very successful run.

We had to spend some time at the NY Eye & Ear Infirmary (E 14 & 2nd Ave), which is 2 blocks away and needed to find some good local food either for lunch or for Dinner.

Lucky for us, our patient was released near dinner-time, and I went there as take-out to avoid having to deal with making dinner or first having to go hunting for it after heading home.

I had picked up a menu earlier in the day and based on the desires/likes of 4 people, wound up getting 4 different Bun (rice vermicelli noodle) dishes (Bun Thit Nuong –Grilled sliced Pork, Bun Ga Nuong-Grilled Chicken, Bun Cha Gio Spring Roll, Bun Tom Nuong-Grilled shrimp) each came with chopped lettuce and a lime sauce. Added to the mix was an absolutely delightful house special Pho. With the Pho, the broth was lovely and the meat was rare (and packaged in a separate container, as were the bean sprouts and greens) so that it would finish cooking in the soup when we were ready to serve it. Every one of the dishes was tasty, fresh, and absolutely WONDERFUL!

The food was all fresh and made while I waited. While I sat by the window, I was given complementary tea as I waited. Several other locals came in to place/pick up their take-out orders.

It is not a large restaurant, but it should be able to seat at least 30-40 without a problem. The place has nice décor—very pleasant on the senses. It is very clean, and somewhat upscale in appearance.

Would I go back? ABSOLUTELY.
In fact we have to make a return follow-up visit to the hospital that is two blocks away, so guess what we will be doing?

Bottom line: Win-Win-Win!!!!

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Reviewed April 14, 2017
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