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Nha Trang Centre

148 Centre St., New York, NY 10013 40.717468 -74.000334
at Walker St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-941-9292 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Price Range: $$

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Hours

Daily, 10:30am-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6, J, N, Q, R, Z to Canal St.

Prices

$5-$16

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

Several steps below the counterfeit chaos of Canal Street sits Nha Trang Centre, a Vietnamese retreat for tourists, business people, families, and oddballs. Vietnam is evoked through the row of sub-tropical plants that runs through the restaurant's center, and pictures of Vietnamese idylls on the walls. Idylls or not, the restaurant bustles. Some clients dig the fast food: pho soup and sautéed dishes over rice or noodles. Others ease into the casseroles and sautées, smoked, sweet, and spicy. The kitchen has talent but can be clumsy. A combination plate includes chao tom, barbecued shrimp paste kebab wrapped around sugar cane; nem nuong, barbecued pork paste; bo nuong lui, barbecued beef; and spring rolls. The beef and pork are juicy and nearly grease free. The cane-skewered shrimp paste, normally a fun dish, looks and tastes like overchewed Bazooka. Spring rolls are greasy. Main courses are more reliable. Suon heo nuong—barbecued pork chop—is superb. Thinly sliced and brushed with a sweet marinade, it is served smoky, meaty, and slightly caramelized. So is xao dong co, clams in a light brown sauce with julienne scallions and ginger, plus chunks of pineapple. The clams are fresh and meaty, the sauce gingery, and sweet and savory at once.

Recommended Dishes

Soun heo nuong (barbecued pork chop), $9.50; rau muong xao toi (hollow vegetables with garlic sauce), $9; so xao bat buu (clams with house special sauce), $12.50

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