New York: comforting traditional Vietnamese cuisine at Madame Vo
Madame Vo is definitely one of my favourite lunch date spots in the East Village. With its exquisite homestyle Vietnamese cuisine, this place is a must-go!
Although the place is well-known for its famous Pho, the menu is very complete and offers a wide selection of generous traditional family recipes. Their shrimp garlic noodles is just the best meal you could ever wish for (I always manage to get it on the table somehow)! They take veggie fried rice to a whole new level and all their appetizers are fresh, delicious and perfect to share! Especially the summer roll and the pork & shrimp fried rolls.
What I like about this place is of course the cuisine, made with humility love and passion. But also the trendy, vibrant and still intimate atmosphere you can feel as soon as you step in the restaurant. The decor is pretty simple. Black and white are the predominating colors, with a mosaic floor, some paintings and plants and a nice bar at the entrance. People are extremely nice and welcoming. Trust me, once you go there, you'll have no choice but to come back. And I know it from experience ;)
My suggestion: I prefer to go there for lunch as the wait can be very long in the evening. Plus, they have an amazing lunch deal where for only $14, you choose from one appetizer and a main dish. Extra!