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Kim’s Dragon Restaurant

1231 W. Housatonic St. (Route 20), Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 442-5594. Authentic Vietnamese cuisine in West Pittsfield, minutes from the New York border. Start with the mouth-watering spring rolls; signature entrées include lemongrass chicken, shaken beef and the vegetarian pancake. Beer and wine; takeout available. Serving 4-10 Sun-Thu, 4-11 Fri-Sat. MC, V. $$

My Linh

272 Delaware Ave., Albany, 465-8899. Exquisite Vietnamese cuisine served by the fireplace. Appetizers include handmade shrimp summer rolls and golden fried spring rolls with fresh lettuce, mint and cucumber. Try the exotic soup, Canh Chua, with shrimp, fresh tomatoes, and pineapple in a spicy tamarind broth. Entrées include the crispy boneless lemongrass duck and vegetarian grilled tofu finished with a spicy bean curd sauce. Full bar. Takeout available. Private rooms for banquets/parties. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun. Closed Mon. AE, MC, V. $$$.

Restaurant Saigon

307 Central Ave., Albany, 426-0203. Restore your soul with a chicken curry noodle soup, or choose from a dizzying array of other dishes, including fried rice features, excellent spring rolls, and the lettuce-wrapped meatballs. Serving 10:30-10 Mon-Thu, 10:30-11 Fri-Sat, 10:30-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. $

Truc Orient Express

3 Harris St., West Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 232-4204. Truc has been going strong for 25 years, showcasing a unique and flavorful take on Vietnamese cuisine. Favorite entrées include duck with lemongrass, five-spice chicken, Hanoi fish, and the happy pancake. Full bar. Serving 5-9 Sun-Mon, Wed-Sat. Closed Tue. Open seven days and serving lunch in July and August. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Van’s Vietnamese Restaurant

137 Madison Ave., Albany, 436-1868. Chef-owner Hung Van Nguyen puts out gorgeous plates of classical fare, with outstanding spring rolls, nice shrimp preparations and even a killer chicken noodle soup. Entrée specialties include salmon with ginger and whole crispy duck. Catering available. Serving lunch 11-2:30 Tue-Fri; dinner 4-10 Tue-Sun. Closed Mon. D, MC, V. $$


Metroland's Fall/Winter Dining Guide 2004
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