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L'Annam

121 University Pl., New York, NY 10003 40.734542 -73.992179
at 13th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-420-1179 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Price Range: $$

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  • Reader Rating:

    9 out of 10

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Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery

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This venue is closed.

It's all business at this spartan Vietnamese spot, so don't hold out for warm welcomes or friendly chit chat. Still, it's just what you want a business to be: fast, efficient and cost-effective and that explains why local students treat the blond wood and bamboo room as a cafeteria of sorts. A still young but more professional crowd gravitate to the Third Avenue branch with its sleeker, more modern décor and semi-circle banquettes. The menu at both spots spans from curries to traditional Pho soup to design-it-yourself noodles—straightforward, unsurprising fare, churned out with assembly-line swiftness. There are glimmers of TLC, however. How else to explain the lack of oil on the crunchy spring rolls or the freshness of summer rolls packed with shrimp and aromatic mint? It certainly would account for why the egg ribbons of the Saigon noodles are more lightly dressed than your usual slippery slop, with a sesame-soy tinge and plenty of crisp vegetables. Bo luc lac, rare-cooked beef cubes marinated in teriyaki, are juicy and tender, yet a basil chicken wasn't nearly as flavorful as the aromatic herb promises. Family style portions guarantee doggie bags on the way out; but don't be offended if no one bids farewell. It's nothing personal—everyone's just busy running the shop.

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