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Veg-friendly Vietnamese Sandwich and Noodle shop
V-Nam is a small Vietnamese cafe that offers vegetarian (vegan) options for nearly all of their dishes: rice curries, sandwiches, soup, and noodles. Most of the entrees run about $7.50 and you have a choice of soy chicken or tofu.
Note that the vermicelli noodles (which come with cucumbers, herbs, salad, lime, and peanuts), also come with fish sauce so ask to have that omitted. Also, the menu doesn't specify that the vegetarian pho (soup) uses a different broth from the meat pho, but it does!
The cafe can only seat about 12 people so it's not the best place for large groups.
on Sep 30 11
(last updated Sep 30 11)
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Although I'm a long-time fan of Lan Cafe (vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant down the street), I love Vietnamese food so much that I felt I owed it to myself to try at least one other Vietnamese restaurant in the city. I happened to walk past V-Nam and was pleasantly surprised to find that they offer many vegan options.
I'm a huge fan of pho (traditional Vietnamese soup), so I was really glad that they offer a separate veggie broth for the soup, as I've come across quite a few Vietnamese restaurants that offer a "vegetarian pho", but they only offer beef broth. I ordered the pho and got it with tofu, although soy chicken was also offered. Not only was the soup very flavorful and delicious, but I the tofu was simply amazing on its own. Instead of throwing the tofu in the soup, which most restaurants do, it was served in a bowl alongside the soup. The tofu was so flavorful and slightly crispy & chewy, that only half of it made it into my soup since I just snacked on the rest of it.
Service was prompt and friendly and the food is very affordable. The ambiance is pretty plain but it's the perfect place to stop in for a quick dinner or snack.
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F to 2nd Ave or L to 1st Ave
$ - inexpensive