I can't give this place enough places, Saigon Cafe in the Sharon Plaza shopping center between Amsterdam and Palisaide off of Columbia. The place has been there for 3 years, but nobody knows its there. Its in a little shack underneath a TV repair shop.
It was rainy and yucky today so I went there today to get a nice bowl of steaming hot Thit Vo Bo Vien, or beef noodle soup with rice noodles and beef meatballs. Truly delicious stuff, especially when you are all stuffed up. Just add some Sriracha hot sauce and youre good to go!
The owner, named Katie, is going to leave that location soon and may very well be setting up shop up Sylvan Avenue in Cafe Madrid's current location (alas, Cafe Madrid is not doing well) or in the late Bertolotti's spot in Cliffside Park on Anderson, which has been abandoned for some weeks. I personally would like to see her in Bertolotti's spot where she plans offer Vietnames and Thai specialites along with French pastries, ice cream and french coffee/cappuccino.
So before she moves, check her out -- she doesnt have much place to sit but if you go there on a nice day she has a few tables outside where you can eat al fresco. On lousy days like today she has a few stools inside where you can eat on a ledge by the window. Her summer rolls and spring rolls are awesome, as are her soups and saute dishes.