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Sao Mai

  • Dining

    May 29, 2013

    Saiguette Tells A Tale of Two Soups

    One from the north, one from the south, on the Upper West Side

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    100 Reasons to Eat and Drink Downtown Today (and Tomorrow, and the Day After That)

    Last week, we did a lot of reporting on restaurants operating in the dark, doing whatever they could to provide light and food to those who needed it. We checked in on our review restaurants, both of which happened to be in blackout zones, and found one had stayed open all week, while the other floo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Sao Mai; Tejal Rao at Prima

    See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: Robert Sietsema thinks Sao Mai might be New York's best Vietnamese restaurant: "Situated on First Avenue in the East Village, Sao Mai ("Morning Star") was the subject of a partial review by Lauren Shockey in the Voice last February. But ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 30, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    What Should You Eat at Sao Mai?

    At Sao Mai, the Goi Du Du (green papaya salad) is damn near unforgettable. This week , Counter Culture floats into Sao Mai ("Morning Star") a newish Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village, and maybe the best Vietnamese restaurant in town. Here are the dishes most recommended for the first-time ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 29, 2012

    Sao Mai and Xe May Sandwich Shop: Finally, Your Banh Mi Tacos

    The East Village gets two new Vietnamese spots

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: Online Poker Kings Get Cashed Out

    This week in the Voice, out today: Chris Parker details the Feds' crackdown on online gambling. He says of players' hopes: "When you've turned nothing into something once already, you tend to feel like you can do it again. There's faith your luck will turn. Perhaps it's delusion. But for a professio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Behold, the Banh Mi Taco

    For this week's review, I went to two new casual Vietnamese spots in the East Village. The first, Sao Mai, offers your standard --though fresh and flavorful -- selection of Viet fare, including pho, bun, and grilled meat dishes. The other, Xe May Sandwich Shop, specializes in banh mi, but also off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Tepito's Quesadilla Is Full of Shroomy Cheesiness

    Lauren ShockeyCheese, please​First Avenue near 13th Street has seen a lot of restaurant turnover recently. In addition to the just-unveiled Sao Mai and BaoBQ, there's a new Mexican restaurant on the block called Tepito (228 First Avenue, 212-777-7980). As the East Village Local notes, the eate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Sao Mai Now Bringing Pho and Other Vietnamese Staples to First Avenue

    Lauren ShockeyLotus root salad at Sao Mai​Michael "Bao" Huynh's BaoBQ (229 First Avenue, 212-475-7011) isn't the only Vietnamese-influenced restaurant to open on First Avenue this month. Just a block south in the old Quantum Leap space, you'll find Sao Mai (201 First Avenue, 212-358-8880), a ... More >>

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