Nearby Subway Stops
1 at 79th St.; B, C at 81st St.-Museum of Natural History
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
- Brunch - Weekend
- Good for Groups
- Private Dining/Party Space
- Beer and Wine Only
61st St. to 101st St., Central Park West to Riverside Dr.
This venue is closed.
Finally, Upper West Siders have a reason to trash the takeout menus and leave the living room for good Vietnamese food. At Monsoon, the three-course, bargain-rate tasting menu isn't the only incentive to eat out. The presentation is as vibrant and impeccable as the décor—comprised of bamboo shades and lush garden murals—and for once the waiters aren't on you like a heavy rain. The menu boasts a long list of appetizers. Standout items include steamed chive and seafood dumplings; slightly fried cuttlefish tossed with butter and garlic, served with a lemon-pepper dipping sauce; and the essential side dish: black and white sticky rice with scallion and roasted peanuts. The numerous vegetarian entrees include grilled lemongrass tofu with spinach, bell pepper, and basil-ginger sauce. The fried crispy whole fish is topped with julienne pickles and a hot tamarind and ginger sauce. Banana pudding with chunks of candied ginger buried in vanilla ice cream is a perfect ending for the ginger-obsessed.Recommended Dishes
Bo luc lac (teriyaki marinated cubed steak), $11.95; ca chien don (fried crispy whole fish topped with julienne pickles in a hot tamarind and ginger sauce), $13.95
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