V-Nam Cafe

20 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10009
Best Of


  • $
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Delivery, Takeout
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
This tiny café with its limited menu nails the heart and soul of Vietnamese cooking better than many bigger places with a more expansive list of offerings. There's no seven-course beef dinner, but you can score a fine pho with a light broth, Saigon-style, and the banh mi is unimpeachably good. As an added bonus, the sandwich can be ordered mild, medium, or so spicy you'll be fanning your mouth. While big chunks of the cuisine are missing, there are some regional oddities well worth savoring, including "clay pot red curry fish rice," which deploys a very French caramel sauce on a couple of nice tilapia fillets, and it's something you'd have to pay big bucks to eat in a more august venue.

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