75 Baxter St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.716415 -73.999907
Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Downtown
worst host service – first and for most, when me and my friend entered the restaurant, the very rude host came to us. later we firgured that he was the Manager of the restaurant. He made us stand by the door for half and hour. told us that we have to wait by the door or won't get any good service. through out the meal, threatened us to leave the restaurant. one of the most horrible restaurant experience ever!!!! watch out for the manager. (has long hair and googly eyes and rude expression)
Decent food; terrible service – We reserved a lunch at 1:45, and were immediately informed that there was no time for delay on our order. The waitress hovered over us to ensure that we order at once. Then we were told that the appetizers and main course would be presented together, so we could watch the rest of our meal grow cold as we ate.
No manager, no supervision. Rude service. Will not return.
Soups and Noodles, take me there again! – I used to like Vietnamese food in general, after eating at Nam I fell in love with it. Last time I had the sauteed chicken with the lemongrass sauce, which was amazing.
Dressed up Vietnamese gone awry – I went here for lunch with a group today. My first impression of the place was positive. This is the most upscale I've ever seen for a Vietnamese place downtown. The food, however, needs work. I went blind, not having read anything about it, so I was expecting your typical pho dishes and the like. The entrees all sounded creatively good, and I ordered the chicken in coconut curry with yams and eggplant. The first bite told me it was too salty. Someone else in the group ordered the same meal and agreed. The portion was fine, but the sauce that covered the dish was too much. I couldn't finish it and had to gulp down lots of rice and water just to cut down on the salt! Another in our group ordered the lemongrass chicken rice dish and that one was also a disappointment. He said it wasn't that tasty.
Hidden jewel of the city – I loved this place, and I'm not the kind to gush. Actually, I was a little skeptical at first. My date suggested we check it out before the cabriolet show she had planned. I usually make the arrangements but had handed the baton to her just this once, and I wasn't sure if I could trust her choices in these things. But now not only do I think she's a virtuoso dinner planner, but in the process we've found a place that we'll return to many times over! The atmosphere was very romantic. I think it really helped loosen her up (she's usually quite uptight!). But after the starter martinis, I think she could let down her hair. We had a cozy corner table, and I liked overlooking the rest of the restaurant. The crowd was hip and trendy, and the other diners were dressed in smart casual (my date insisted that I not look too formal!). The food was divine. The waiters took good care of us and kept the drinks and plates coming. My date and I absolutely loved it. At the end, she told me I needed to eat a larger portion of the desserts because she didn't want to put on too many pounds! I said you don't have to twist my arm, and you can let me watch your figure! :-)
Bottom line is it's the best Vietnamese in the city and an experience you'll never forget.
The food is decent. The service was very good for the first ten minutes and, after we moved a chair, we got insulted for over 10 minutes and felt physically threatened by one of the employees. Nobody came to apologize. A disaster.
Great Place – I love Nam, the food is fantastic and the staff is ultra-nice and very very friendly/attentative. The only drag is the space is a little limited and the crowd tends to be a little older, late 30s.
No, this is not it... – Our server was fine, but the mood was spoiled by an dreadfully unattentive host. Our reserved table was set-up and ready when we arrived, yet he made us wait for over a half hour before he seated us. He kept on saying to give him a minute, but all he was doing was running around the room with a clipboard and rearranging the same 3 tables over and over again, obviously just trying to look busy. He told us to wait at the bar, unfortunately they do not really have a bar, only a tiny service bar next to the kitchen entrance. The food was average, it's hard to go wrong with good ingredients and tangy sauces, but there was nothing special or inventive. There are Vietnamese places in Chinatown that do just as well, even better, and for a lot less money and with a lot less attitude.
New type Fusion – Great atmosphere, and ordinary food. Nice try of mixing Vienamise cuisine and continental, although, not quite "fused" well. Good looking waiters w/ below average service. Could be good for date, but not your fist date.
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