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Nha Trang, Chinatown

87 Baxter Street
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 233 5948's insider take:

You don't come to this little spot near City Hall for the atmosphere: 1970s cafeteria crossed with Saigon airline café. You don't come for the service: fast at best, unfriendly at worst. Rather, you come for the food—soft-shell crabs, lightly battered and tarted up with onions and basil; overflowing bowls of pho packed with rice noodles, scallions, and beef; and barbecued pork chops that are plainly done but sweet and eminently satisfying. As one of the longtime (and friendly) waiters says when he brings out the food, "Nummy, nummy."

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