4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.; L at First Ave.
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Houston St. to 23rd St., Ave. C to Sixth Ave.
This venue is closed.
East Village musicians and Asian-American families frequent this quiet Vietnamese eatery with sponged, sand-colored walls and sconces crafted of recycled world maps, where the music can sometimes feel like a movie soundtrack. Cyclo’s menu shows little of the French influence often seen in Vietnamese cuisine, instead showcasing curries, noodles, seafood, and duck in preparations that marry savory and sweet. Browned coconut enriches meaty Saigon crab cakes, green papaya salad is touched with spice, and the grilled eggplant is fresh and clean rather than oil-saturated. Entrees are uneven: Ginger chicken clay pot, billed as a house specialty, disappoints, but pineapple curry and lychees delightfully flavor crisp, rich slices of duck. A few Vietnamese sandwiches, Vietnamese coffee, and Thai iced tea make for snappy to-go fare.Extra
For Kids: The restaurant has highchairs.
Pre-Fixe Menu: Dinner, $15; 4:30pm-7:30pm.Recommended Dishes
Saigon crab cakes, $8; duck with pineapple curry sauce, $15