We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Get food delivered
Get food delivered

Ratings and reviews



Asian, Vietnamese, Soups
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
View all details
meals, features

Location and contact

Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
0.9 km from Union Square
Improve this listing
Reviews (58)
Filter reviews
45 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Traveler rating
See what travelers are saying:
Selected filters
Updating list...
Reviewed 24 November 2019 via mobile

We always enjoy a meal here when we visit NYC. This time we just stopped in for lunch and had the fresh summer rolls and the spring rolls. I had forgotten how much I enjoy those when wrapped in salad and dipped in the delicious...sauce. The waiters were a little too busy talking amongst themselves, otherwise it would have been 5* again.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 4 September 2019 via mobile

I really enjoyed the veggie pho I got from this place. The broth was tasty and the vegetables were great and generous.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 8 January 2019

We dropped by for Pho and summer rolls. Great priced menu, good food, good value for money overall. Would come back.

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

The food here is pretty good , and reminded me when I was eating street food in Saigon Vietnam. I did their take on my favorite Vietnamese dish Bun Bo Hue. It’s a beef broth with noodle that will you leave taste buds craving for...more. Good customer service , and good food with excellent music in the back round.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

Such a gem #vietnamesefood in #eastvillage #eastvillagenyc 🥢 The food is #delicious with #reasonableprice 💓 We had such a good meal and plenty #leftovers for later 💓

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

I came here because of the previous reviews, but nothing like that. Staff was extremely rude, food wasn't that good. Not recommend.

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

This place is serving incredible authentic vietnamese food. The service is good and the restaurant is very nice and cozy. All in all a great place!

Date of visit: February 2018
Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

I’ve been here a few times and service is good and fast. The food is good quality. The prices can’t be beat. It’s also not usually super crowded.

Date of visit: January 2018
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Excellent menu with a variety of options (vegetarian and otherwise), really excellent food, nice friendly service, and a great value! I will be back and I wholeheartedly suggest Sao Mai for anyone looking for casual Vietnamese in NYC!

Date of visit: December 2017
Reviewed 8 May 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...Xeo like they did last time even though it is not on the menu. So we ate there twice in the 5 days we had in NYC, and we did not regret it. It is cheap, healthy, tasty and a great service - we will be back :-)More

Date of visit: May 2017
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Hotel 17
1,354 reviews
.52 km away
Moxy NYC East Village
246 reviews
.54 km away
St. Marks Hotel
518 reviews
.56 km away
Seafarers & International House
325 reviews
.63 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
333 reviews
.03 km away
456 reviews
.03 km away
284 reviews
.05 km away
288 reviews
.04 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Obscura Antiques & Oddities
85 reviews
.20 km away
Theater for the New City
9 reviews
.23 km away
Kathe's Jewelry
5 reviews
.10 km away
10 reviews
.15 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Sao Mai Vietnamese Cuisine staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing