Just had lunch at Nam on Reade Street, that Asimov reviewed yesterday (11/7). Of course, because of the review it was pretty full. Three of us shared 2 apps, 1 noodle dish, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts. $54 before tax or tip.
The grilled eggplant app was excellent, as he said. The grilled calamari was even better.
Grilled shrimp with vermicelli was mixed: shrimp deliciously marinated and grilled but a little iodine-y; pickled carrot and jicama perfect; noodles okay; very little cilantro or mint. (I think I prefer the version at Vermicelli on the UES)
The chicken in the clay pot was very comforting, as Asimove said. Lots of big chunks of dark meat chicken, not many shiitakes.
For shiitakes, get the braised mushrooms and tofu: really really good, lots of mushrooms, a bit peppery, the tofu actually had picked up a lot of flavor, and the surprise came in the form of lots of very tender baby bamboo shoots (I think fresh?).
Dessert: they were out of the ginger creme caramel, but the coconut cream was excellent (it had bits of fruit as well as the pomegranate seeds, no jelly). The tangerine and lychee sorbets in champagne were very good -- the tangerine sort of fluorescent orange, but very tangerine-y in flavor, a little bitter, a little sweet. The lychee was, well, lychee.
This is the first time I've ever gone someplace right after it was reviewed. Not sure I'd do it again, but I'd go back to Nam.