We arrived in New York, ready for a great meal! We decided to eat in China Town at a restaurant recommended by locals (actually my husband's nephew Jeffrey).
There were a number of interesting restaurants I saw as we drove by, including a Malaysian restaurant I hope to one day eat at. However, we decided Thai Son would be the best option since it's REALLY good and reasonably priced.
Thai Son is an incredibly busy restaurant. I asked one of the waiters if it was always busy and he replied, "yes, always." It was a full house in the restaurant. It took almost 10 minutes to get seated, but it was worth the wait.
There were pages full of options, which I found incredible! There were items i've never heard about either, so I knew I had to try something other than the usual.
The deserts in the window were interesting. If I wasn't so full, I would've tried one.
Vietnamese iced coffee is always a favorite. If you haven't tried Vietnamese coffee yet, it's a must.
The spring rolls were much different than the ones made in Hawaii. They used a different type of rice paper. A lighter, yet tougher type I can't quite explain. I like the one's in Hawaii better (maybe I'm biased), but it was good to try spring rolls in NYC at least.
My husband ordered a crepe which he really enjoyed... It tasted like thin rice paper with bits of pork and shrimp, among other things. I don't know how to explain it in a much more appetizing way, but that's how he described it! If you are into crepes, you may enjoy this.
Jeffrey ordered a beef dish with onions. I tried it and it was actually really, really good. It reminded me of kalbi.
I ordered a vegetable seafood soup with rice. My sister-in-law had made this type of soup at home, so I started having cravings for it and decided I would try it at Thai Son. The one in NYC had a tangy taste with salmon, pineapple, and other vegetables. It was good to try.
Pho, beef noodle soup, is always a classic. If you are a picky eater, I'd recommend this as a beginner's meal to Vietnamese food. You can't go wrong with pho.
Thai Son is a popular restaurant in NYC's China Town, especially if you want something hearty, yet reasonably priced. For 5 of us, it was only $58.00. I'd call that a deal.
If you want to eat at a less crowded place though, good luck searching for one! There are people everywhere in New York City.