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Sao Mai Vietnamese Cuisine

203 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10003-2986
+1 212-358-8880
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good49%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
Feb 6, 2018
“Excellent food and good service”
Jan 22, 2018
“Decent cheap Vietnamese food in East Village ”
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM Hours
Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
203 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10003-2986
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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 💓

Thank pollyanywhere
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.

Thank bluesky2468
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!

1  Thank jlicht39
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.

Thank ClintPage
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!

Thank RoadGuy11
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...More

Reviewed 3 March 2017

Not the best pho I had. the brought was salty and I missed actual real chillies. Instead, they served green jalapenos of some sort. Had better pho. Good service. Quick.

Thank Kate S
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Most people go there for the pho, which is quite good, but the tamarind soup (a bit spicy) is even better. The summer rolls are not bad, either. Service is excellent.

Thank Redfoot
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Not only is the best phở I've had in NYC, the menu is extensive and offers many vegetarian options. We usually go for brunch on Sundays, and the place is busy but we haven't had to wait. The staff is friendly and the price is...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 29 November 2016

If you are looking for the best Pho in NYC, look no further than Sao Mai. The House Special Pho is filled with 3 different meats, noodles and veggies.

Thank Presto67
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 203 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10003-2986
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-358-8880
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