200 E 54th St, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.757954 -73.968891
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Midtown East (Turtle Bay), Midtown East
Fantastic time at Vong! – Last Thursday, my friends and I decided at the last minute to have dinner at Vong. And what a great idea it was! The service was fantastic beginning to end. We were greeted warmly by the staff. The decor is really beautiful, particularly the walls when entering the dining room. Our server was extremely friendly and helpful in choosing our dishes. Our food came out promptly and was sooo delicious! Especially the duck, it was amazing, and came with tamarind sesame sauce and pineapple friend rice. The tasting plate was really wonderful too, a great assortment of appetizers, particularly the lobster daikon rolls. The chicken and coconut soup was excellent as well. Make sure you save room for dessert though because they are to die for, especially the passion fruit souffle! Overall, we had a wonderful time and will definitely be going back again!
Worst Service in NYC (Updated) – UPDATE:
After Christian, Vong's general manager, learned about this incident, he called us and apologized for what had happened. He told us Siz no longer works there. He also invited us back to Vong on them, and refunded our money. We appreciate Vong's commitment to customer satisfaction. We believe our future visits to Vong will be much more pleasant.
My friend and I tried a few restaurants in the Jean-Georges chain. Had great experiences in JoJo, Spice Market, and even 66. On my birthday, too late get a reservation at Spice Market, and we ended up in Vong, thinking similar restaurant in the same chain would match our expectation. And, that's where the upsetting and disappointing night began. The decor was so-so. Food was not bad. But the service provided by the waiters and the on-site manager, Siz Lakhkar, was horrible. Lesson learned, read enough reviews before you go to a restaurant. The waiters offered no smile, no communication, no warmness to the customers. They were slow and unattentive even when asked --- low-end service in an acclaimed restaurant (or maybe in the old days). A simple inquiry of the b-day cake cutting fee turned into a furious argument. The manager, Siz's attitude was shockingly rude. Being his customer actually felt like being his servants, taking his insults and accusation in his arrogant and bitter tone. He offered no help nor explanation, but comments like "I am done with you......Maybe you haven't been to enough restaurants like ours............if you don't want to pay, don't pay, just call the police," and simply walking away from us before we could react. I was confused. What made him act like he was the king of Thailand? Was it really the fee as he commented? Or his inner bitterness?
By the way, I tried to call the general manager, Christian, dozen times and left two voicemails, but I don't think this person exists in this world.
ALL RED!!! – Sultry and sensual decor, exquisite tasting menu - what could be better spot for a first date? Definately going there again, deffinately having a second date with him...
Still has it going on... – I went to a lovely little hidden gem last week. If it's your first time here...you would never know it's been around for 14 years. And rightly so. Exotic decor, food and attentive service.
Food: Foie Gras with Mango, Lobster with Thai Sauces, the black plate (appetizer sampler) and the chocolate cake. Food is on the spicy side incorporated with sweet or sour. Very good.
Service: Relaxed, somewhat formal. The outfits seem a bit much - white jackets with gold buttons. Friendly.
Decor: Beautiful, very different. Still nothing like it in this town.
Comfort: Very comfortable atmosphere to dine and enjoy yourself eating. Can be kind of loud on a Saturday night or during the day in the summertime at lunch.
AVERAGE – The decor was so so, kind of played out already. The food was good, all of it. The service is HORRIBLE, espcially for a restaurant in this price range. They messed up my order and gave me an attitude about it when I complained.
Expensive with most things being good but NASTY Sea Bass! – Vong looked fun, had a great asian red decor and the waitress was super friendly. After ordering the Tasting plate, I realized it was pretty good, but a little overpriced. After the waitress highly recommended the Black Sea Bass, I tried it. She mentioned that so many people loved it but it was utterly disgusting. It was like slimy fish on top of mucous. Only way to describe it. I've never had a meal that I could not eat at a restaurant. She felt bad and proceeded to take it off the check, which I told her she didn't have to do because I did try it. But my friend who ordered it also did not like the Sea Bass. The guys we were with loved their Duck, so I guess it's wasn't all bad. But it might be one of the most expensive dinners I've been to, the desserts were great, but anything was good to take that sea bass taste out of my mouth!
Deserves much highter than 8.7 – This place was awesome! The fish fusion dish I had was amazing. This definitely deserves higher than 8.7. Check it out yourself!
Gorgeous food! – The negative reviews are puzzling to me, I suppose the dining experience is highly subjective and this subject loved the food!!
I adored the soup, the wine was so lovely that I (not much of a drinker) was a little tipsy because I kept drinking it! The corn wontons are AMAZING and so is the satay!! For dinnerI had the chicken (yumo) and my husband had the Duck. After our meal the chef sent us a sampler dessert platter.....It was a gastronomic experience!
The restaurant is beautiful, such an amazing looking place hidden behind an inoccuous entrance. Amazing place...totally worth the moolah! As soon as I can find another good babysitter I am going again. Go to Vong...you won't be sorry!
THE TRUTH ABOUT YONG!!! – The description of this restaurant is COMPLETELY WRONG! DO NOT GO HERE! I went at about 7 on a Thursday and my friend and I were the only ones in there! The menu had about 10 options for entrees! 8 of which were ostrich, rabbit, etc. There was only one chicken option! The food is very "frou frou"...if you are into that then you might like it. My friend and I ordered a glass of wine, which was one of the worst Riesling's I have ever had. We also ordered 2 appetizers (both lobster rolls) they were both disgusting and the wine and appetizers were 75 dollars!!!! One was icy cold! My friend and i went down the block to Teriyaki House, which was excellent and a 1/3 of the price!
Lovin' Vong – Wow, what is going on? I have been in this place more times than I can remember. Their were brown chairs in there at one time. The last few years, red ones. The food has always been real good. Lobster with Thai sauce, Duck rolls, Crab spring rolls, Chicken soup with coconut sauce with shi-ate mushrooms...wonderful. Also the new addition of mushrooms with avocado and jalepinos is fantastic. That chocolate cake...mmmmmm. Oh have a passion potion on me <great drink>.
The lunch menu is 2 courses plus dessert...always has been. <who are these people who are still hungry?> I was stuffed when I left.
Jean-Georges.........you still have it going on!
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