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Consistently good Vietnamese restaurant – Cong Ly

went for a quick dinner at a Vietmanese restaurant on Centre Street before the play last week … Nha Thrang had very good reviews but the food was a disappointment … too sweet and no taste of chili, lime or cilantro … the Vietnamese spring rolls were not fresh and I suspect they were re-fried … the restaurant looked very bad …
a consistently good Vietnamese restaurant is Cong Ly … next to the bus-stop for the $15 bus to Boston … a cheap bowl of pho and a cheap fare to Boston for all the Ivy League students … only in the Big Apple … Angela loves the Xe Lua Pho rice nodle soup for $5.00, the Bun Bo Hue beef soup with vermicelli for $5.00, and the Che Ba Mau (rainbow ice with coconut milk dessert) for $2.00 … I enjoy the Bun Thit Heo Nuong (grilled pork with rice noodles) for $4.50 … and Cha Gio (Vietnamese spring rolls) 8 rolls for $6.00 … sorry, I did not take any photos … 124 Hester Street, at Chrystie Street, 212-343-1111 [MenuPages | Citysearch]
post by Peter
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Eat for $5

Laren at Gothamist has a great post about eating for $5 … “Eating for Five Big Ones” … we love Vietnamese sandwiches …

Good food on the drive to eastern Long Island

On the drive out of the City to Southampton and eastern Long Island, stop for a light meal at Joe’s Shanghai (136-21 37th Avenue, Flushing, Chinatown, 718-539-3838) … preferably after 10pm. because of free parking and light traffic on the Southern State Parkway … crab and pork soup dumplings … a bowl of fresh shrimp noodle soup … get back on the car and drive blissfully…
The next day, drive to Brewster’s (the owner has his own high-tech deep-sea fishing boat and he is a very friendly guy) … (Brewster’s Seafood Market, 631-728-3474, 252 E. Montauk Hwy, Hampton Bays, NY) … the freshest raw clams, steamers in a garlic soup, raw oysters, steamed lobsters, smoked sweet scallops and salmon, tuna sashimi, fried flounder, black fish, etc…bring your own wine or beer … on the Montauk Highway and the Shinnecock Canal (across from the Mobil gas station … get the cold beer there!)
Afterwards, drive north to Briermere Farm (4414 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 631-722-3931) for fresh, delicious fruit pies … locally grown peaches, blueberries, etc. …. a great gift for the folks you left behind in the sweltering City….
Heading back to the City on the LIE, take the Queens Blvd. exit (exit 19) … drive a few blocks and turn right onto Broadway, continue till you pass the railroad over-pass … you are now in Elmhurst, Chinatown … where there is an Oriental mall with free parking, on your left …
Park and visit the Vietnamese Pho restaurant (Pho Bang, which is a small NYC chain, 82-90 Broadway (Elmhurst Avenue), Queens, 718-205-1500) … I love the rice noodles with fried spring rolls and grilled pork … great quality. Also try the three-bean ice cold snack … the Penang restaurant (8284 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 718-672-1185) for spicey roti canai, Hainanese chicken, and laksa … walk to the super-market and buy some groceries for the work week…