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Gia Lam II

The original Gia Lam has vanished from Eighth Avenue, but fortunately its sequel dishes their Vietnamese cuisine down the street. It’s still a “neighborhood restaurant,” says manager Lam Dang. “A lot of people don’t even need to see the menu; they already know what they want,” Dang explains.

Appetizers include grilled shrimp paste on sugar cane, or jelly fish with shrimp and shredded pork salad. Rice dishes and “pho” (rice noodle soups), which are the most popular dishes according to Dang, make for quick and inexpensive lunches. Specialty dishes featuring eel, frog and an occasional beer-steamed lobster are a refreshing change of pace. Wash it down with an exotic drink, such as the “soda sua hot ga” (soda with egg yolk and condensed milk), or the “che ba mau” (three-color sweet bean ice drink). Open Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 am-10:30 pm, Friday and Saturday, 10:30 am-11:00 pm.

Where: 4810 Eighth Ave. between 49th & 48th street
Tel: (718) 567–0800
How much: Entrees: $4.95–$22.95.
Cash only.
Updated Feb. 1, 2012
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