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Boi Rocks

Mark M | Jan 30, 2004 02:39 PM

Just did a search for Boi on the Manhattan board and nothing came up. Has the Google search corrupted our archaic, dysfunctional, frustrating, yet beloved
"classic search"? Jim says no. Does that mean no one
has posted on this place? I find that difficult to believe.

Regardless, I just had a fantastic lunch there.
Boi is a two month old Vietnamese joint on 44th between 2nd and 3rd. Grimes wrote about it on 12/12 in the Dining Journal.

Here's what I had:
Bun rieu: Southern Vietnamese seafood soup with rice noodles, shrimp, crab meat dumplings in (fish)broth, tomatoes and peanuts. Well executed but not really to my liking. Kind of a fermented taste, a little funky for me.

Goi bo: Watercress salad with beef, quail egss, tomatos and rice vinaigrette. Quite tasty, generous portion ($8), probably better as a summer dish.

Saigon Crepes with jumbo shrimp, meatballs, beansprouts, scallions (?), cilantro and some other herbs. Unreal. Crispy crepes, great flavors, perfectly cooked shrimp, powerful and tender meatballs...wow!

Citarella Pastry Chef Bill Yoses deserts rock. Vietnam probably not...Paris, definitely!

Jackfruit Toffee Pudding w/vanilla ice cream - best tasting pound cake ever.
Tapioca something or other, creamy, with shaved toasted coconut, warm chocolate swirl and little pieces of diced fruit on top. Holy sh*t!

Two great teas and a decent vietnamese coffee was
$84 including tip...and worth EVERY cent.

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