Just had a great meal at a vietnamese/french restaurant in Chelsea called Safran. It opened a week ago and doesn't yet have a liquor license but is next to a wine shop. We brought a bottle of crianza with us to the dinner. It is on 7th avenue between 15th and 16th street, on the west side, closer to 15th streetl.
I ordred the Cha Dum, a delightful meat ball appetizer made with vermicelli and ginger, and served with sesame shrimp crackers. My wife ordred the sate, a tasty medlee of shrimp, chicken, and vegetable skewers. My chive flowers entree was heavenly, while my wife's bo loc lac or teriyaki marinated beef cubes, with potatoes, was yummy.
We are definitely going to be back.