Had to be there anyway, so I called a friend to meet me at Nha Trang. It as closed, so we went to NY Noodletown. It was crowded. Those are the two place I go most often, I've been to many other Chinatown restaurnts over the years, but those are the two I keep going to. We went to New Green Bo, too crowded. We went to Pings, too crowded. We decided to go to Viet-Nam on Doyers st, downstairs. It was practically empty, and all the patrons were gringos like myself (neither one great signs for a CTown rest). We wound up having a very nice meal with all the major food groups represented, you know, chicken, shrimp, beef, AND pork. Ate a ton of food, drank some beer, and had a nice eve. The shrimp and string beans in black bean sauce was very good, and the little pork roll-up in lettuce thingy was also very good. As far as I could tell, there wasn't the crispy squid or salt and pepper shrimp that make me keep returning to Nha Trang, but this was a very nice alternative.
And for those who think the politeness at Chinese restaurants is lacking, on the way out the guy at the door told us to have a "happy Hannukah".
ps. I ended the night at the Westway diner on 9th ave at 3:30 with French toast and bacon. Not as good as the beef with lemongrass at Viet-nam, but boy did it hit the spot.