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Xe Lua

86 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10013 40.716561 -73.998869
nr. Canal St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-577-8887 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Asian: Southeast, 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-$19.50

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Worth St. to Houston St., Bowery to Lafayette St.

Profile

In the three-block radius around the Manhattan Bridge entrance, you’re never far from a bowl of pho, Vietnam’s answer to matzo-ball soup. Xe Lua differentiates its version by serving the House Special Noodle Soup in a bowl big enough for swimming laps. Equally friendly is the Polynesian décor of turquoise murals, blond plastic bamboo, a gurgling fountain, and a torch-lined footbridge separating the airy front room from the fishnetted back. Despite the surf theme, turf dishes win out. Vietnamese pork chops are thinly sliced and chopstick-friendly; bún—rice vermicelli, pickled carrots, and chopped lettuce—gets tossed in a sweet fish-sauce vinaigrette and topped with saté-like rolls of caramelized beef. The fairly typical menu also earns points for linguistic originality: Entrées are categorized as “Porky,” “Chicken Little,” or “Where’s the Beef?”

Recommended Dishes

Famous Vietnamese pork chop, $10; hollow vegetable with garlic sauce, $10; barbecued beef with nuoc cham bún, $8

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