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Jasmine - 19 Reviews - 88 7th Ave, New York, NY - Lunch Spot Reviews - Phone (212) 929-1778


88 7th Ave (at Between 15th Street and 16th Street)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 929-1778
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Jasmine - New York, NY


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I have to say with so many overpriced places in Chelsea - Safran has an amazing lunch special that you can't beat. For under $10 bucks you can have a lunch box special which com...


I desperately wanted to like Safran. I love Asian food, and it seemed like the prefect combination of yummy, cozy, and chic. We ordered the lobster summer rolls which arrived at o...

Food was average, BAD SERVICE 9/9/2009

Pwhitmann– September 09, 2009 at 22:27:21 PDT Its so true, its not all cracked up to be, the Vietnamese sandwich was below average compare to the ones sold in the L.E.S for $4. This place is over rated. Service for me was bad, not to mention the language barrier. Some Asian guy was rude to my party, obviously he was part of the restaurant. Over all service was horrible, food was average..... Cons: Food was average, BAD SERVICE more

Good Vietnamese 3/20/2009

Great authentic vietnamese food that isn't too salty or spicy. Drinks were made right, as well. All in all a good experience. Pros: Authentic Cons: none, really more

Amazing Lunch Specials 9/30/2008

I have to say with so many overpriced places in Chelsea - Safran has an amazing lunch special that you can't beat. For under $10 bucks you can have a lunch box special which comes with noodles, salad, spring or summer roll, and your choice of meat. I personally loved the Pork Chops. They were deliciously seasoned in a tangy soy sauce. Wash that down with a Tiger Beer and you have a very fullfilling meal.\r Pros: Great Price for Lunch specials Cons: Service can be slow more

Food is good why it's empty at 6pm on Saturday? 8/10/2008

We went in based on a hunch . It was completely empty on Saturday while other restaurants in the area were full. I cannot explain this phenomenon, but we took a risk and came out very satisfied. Reasonably priced and very good food. Deserts are ok . But my bamboo soup was great ,as well as teriyaki beef cubes.\r This is a solid place with good food at reasonable price.\r No name Cab that they sell by the glass is a decent variety as well. I would definitely come back there. Pros: Food , no crowds. No turists, no loud music Cons: I cannot think of any more

Great Food, missing bartender! 4/16/2008

To start with I have to say, the food here is amazing, i've never had a dish i didn't love (to both look at AND taste), and the prices are fairly reasonable for what you get, especially if you're with friends. however, what we REALLY came here for were the drinks, made by one of the best bartenders in the city; we couldn't get enough! But when my friends and I went by last week we learned, much to our dismay, that he's no longer working there! i just hope he's still bartending in the area, i need my dirty martini fix! Pros: great food Cons: no more drinks : ( more

Best meal I've had in a LONG time 5/14/2007

My family and I enjoyed a mother's day meal at Safran last night and it is an amazing space. The restaurant decor is absolutely beautiful--modern and chic with asian flair. The food was delicious! It was truly the best meal I've had in a very long time. The presentation of everything was just gorgeous! Try the lobster summer rolls, the foie gras fried rice and the black and white sticky rice. Wonderful! Pros: Lots of meter parking on 7th after 7pm, very attentive servers, great ambience, gorgeous presentation, delicious food! Cons: No Cons! more

Excellent Addition To Chelsea 3/23/2007

My Girlfriend and I had the pleasure of eating at this restaurant last night. The space is very well, beautiful flower arrangements, soft lighting and chic orange coloring throughout. Service was excellent...hostess, waiter, manager and bartender (it's open now!) were all incredibly friendly. We started the evening with a Peking Duck Roll and Eel Roll. Both delecious and well presented. Our entrees were Filet of Sole and Duck Confit. The Sole was huge and perfectly cooked. The best part about the fish, other than the freshness, was the breading which somehow was incredibly light and fluffy. The Duck Confit was also well presented and extremely flavorful. The duck had an interesting sauce and was paired well with (caramelized?) pears. The flavor combination of eating a slice of duck with a pear slice was unique but thoroughly enjoyable.\r \r We finished our meal with a dessert that consisted of three flavors of sorbet covered in a hard shell of White Chocolate. We also had some drink on the dessert menu with tapioca and fresh fruit that was absolutely amazing. This is a MUST TRY. I don't rememember exactly what was in it but it was extremely refreshing and bursting with different flavors. more


Was very surprised to hear Safran used to be the Moonsoon on the upper westside since they had been in the neighborhood for over 10 years.The new safran is tastefully decorated, modern and sleek design with nice asian touch. Owner Lauran Lam is a very nice and warm lady, obviously very talented.She introduced several her signature dishes to six of us.They're all wonderfully delicious.Watercress salad is light and tasteful, the big-sized fried softshell crab is very crispy and fresh.The baby lamb chops made us want more even we were really full.......The banana cake and chocolate cake provided our dinner experience with a perfect ending. Good ingredients, delicious taste ,nice presentation, modern price and a wonderfully dinning experience. I certainly recommend everybody to go try it. Good for groups also. Pros: nice food and deco, fun bartender, good service Cons: not in a crowed neighborhood.People may pass easily more

It's a Shame 3/3/2007

It seems so obvious that a number of the highly positive and glowing reviews of Safran are from people associated with the restaurant which is a shame because the purpose of having these customer reviews is to have unbiased opinions of these restaurants. Please stop!!!!! more

Nice 2/23/2007

The food is good, the ambience is definitely a draw. Went on a friday night and it was full but not to the point where it's obnoxiously crowded. Nice for conversation and the decor is soothing for a relaxing dinner. The only drawback was our waiter. Maybe he thought he was being funny but he joked when we were studying the wine list commenting that ""all the expensive wines are good"" as in haha, but i didn't think it was funny. I didn't think it's appropriate and it made me a bit uncomfortable. But again, i don't think he meant it to be obnoxious, but probably didn't know better. We complained a bit about the wine and at the end he gave us complimentary dessert drinks which was nice, except he left us with ""here's some drinks on the house because you complained about the wine"". Maybe it's a lost in translation sort of thing, and again, i don't think he meant it the way it sounded, but still, it didn't come off very gracious. Maybe a bit more attention in training of their waiters would be good. Otherwise, dinner was enjoyable. Pros: Ambience Cons: lost in translation for service? more

Rivals the hottest restaurants in Tokyo and Shanghai! 2/7/2007

Most highly recommended! This is a superb new place for business lunches and dinners (or special family celebrations) in the Chelsea area. A lovely, elegant ambiance with gracious staff and exquisite food! You can actually have a real conversation and know that your guests will be wowed by the wonderfully prepared and beatifully presented food. It's pan-Asian, so there's something perfect for everybody. I'm hooked on the appetizers alone, but can't resist the entres either -- and wouldn't dream of leaving without a fanfare of at least two desserts! Safran rivals the hottest restaurants iin Tokyo, HK and Shanghai!!! Pros: Food, Presentation, Ambiance, Service Cons: Nothing at all more

Great restaurant 1/27/2007

I walked into safran the other night out of plain curiosity with my girlfriend and was pleasently surprised to find such a good asian restaurant in chelsea. The mood was perfect with the lights being just a little dim, and the varuiations of music playing in the background. The waiters were just outstanding, there was never a moment where i wanted something and had to struggle to find a waiter. They were very friendly, very polite, and very knowledgeable of both the contents and backgrounds of the plates that they served us. The drinks were especially good. As they attained their bar license about a couple of months ago I thought there would have been some mistakes in such a ""rookie"" bar but I was mistaken. The summer rolls that we tried were absolutely delicious, and the entrees were even better. After that came dessert which was good enough to rival certain 5 star restaurants. At the end of the meal the waiter for our table brought the head chef, Laura over for us to meet her. She was absolutely wonderful. I left Safran wivowing to return next week. But this time I am bringing 5 other friends with me because this restaurant is just too good to be kept a secret. Pros: Excellent food, excellent service, good private mood Cons: its chelsea, bad parking more

A new jewel on the Chelsea restaurant scene.... 1/13/2007

As a hardcore foodie and fan of Asian cuisine, I can't tell you how excited I am to have Safran in Chelsea. Excellent food, attentive service and wonderful ambience makes for a very pleasurable yet unpretentious dining experience. Now that they have their liquor license and open late on weekends, it's also a great place to fill those hunger pains after a night out on the town! Not sure about the ""amateur"" negative review below since the kitchen is headed up by executive chef Laura Lam, formerly of the Rainbow Room and Moonsoon - a popular eatery on the Upper West Side for years. \r \r All I can say is that I've not been disappointed in the several times I've visited. Just too many selections on the menu still to try! Highlights for me include the Safran summer roll; the grilled pork chops; the foie gras fried rice; and my personal favorite - the pan seared filet of sole with a chili reduction, fried shallots and scallions. Entrees are very generous in portion size, and typically include a side salad and a fragrant bowl of rice. Definitely give it a try and spread the word! Chelsea needs a great Asian eatery like Safran!\r Pros: Great food, attentive service and wonderful ambience more

Great food!!!! 1/9/2007

Check this place out before the masses discover it! I've been coming here since it debuted in the summer and it has yet to disappoint. Great food, great decor, without the pretense too often found in this neighborhood. Kick off your meal with a spicy lasa soup and follow it up with the sole or soft shell crab. Love it! Pros: great food, nice decor, no attitude more

A new Asian Jewel in Chelsea 1/8/2007

Being a person who loves to try new things, I was excited to find this new Asian restaurant in the heart of Chelsea. The menu includes a vast variety of appetizers that can fit any taste bud. I opt for the clams in a cocktail-like sauce while my friend went for the lobster roll. Both were delicious and very fresh. For the non-seafood folks, I have also had the opportunity to try the Beef and Chicken sate where the meat was very tender and tasty. You wouldn't even need the wonderful sauce that comes with it. As for entrees, the menu is elaborate and has enough choices for even the pickiest eaters. The restaurant has a very friendly atmosphere with staff that makes one feel welcome. The decor is contemporary with a romantic feel. I would definitely go back and try the many more items the menu had to offer!!! Pros: Ambience, Service, Food more

Amateurs Gone Wild 12/9/2006

I desperately wanted to like Safran. I love Asian food, and it seemed like the prefect combination of yummy, cozy, and chic. We ordered the lobster summer rolls which arrived at our table with a ""spicy sauce"" that looked and tasted like a poor man's Thousand Island Dressing. The lobster summer itself was tasteless. The sogginess of the rice wrapper indicated it had been prepared too far in advance, Saran wrapped, and marinated in it's own condesation. The Saigon beef noodle dish was drenched in a tasteless brown sauce that employed too much corn starch. The tofu trio was good, but the brown rice that accompanied it was dried out. I prefer the Uncle Ben's boil-in-the bag rice I make at home. We spent $100 (including tip) on dinner, and would have been happier with the local take-out. The entire dinner was prepared by amateurs. Pros: Ambience Cons: Terrible food, Overpriced more

Delicious food and lovely ambience... 11/18/2006

We went to Safran on a Friday night...I'm glad the word is getting around of how good this place is as it recently opened and there was a good sized crowd. There is now a full bar to accompany the delicious and creatively varied menu. We started with a huge lobster spring roll (which was outstanding) and a delicately flavored coconut soup with shrimp followed by teriyaki steak and a vegetarian entree which were also both very good. The atmosphere and presentation of dishes were lovely. We are looking forward to trying some of the great sounding desserts next time. more

Finally a good restaurant on this block! 11/4/2006

I was there last Thursday. The place was pretty empty for 8:30pm and that's too bad because the food is amazing. O Mai on 9th was the only delicious Vietnamese in the neighborhood until now and that place is always packed with a wait so it's nice to have another choice. I went next door to buy a bottle of wine from the liquor store and talked to one of the guys working there. He said he hasn't been selling too many more bottles since Safran opened because it doesn't get too busy. The secret won't last forever so try it soon. Also, it's not like you have so many great restaurant choices on 7th Ave around the area so why not give your business to the newby's who are actually interested in whether what they serve tastes good. Pros: nice staff and owners, great food, great lighting more

best asian food... 10/7/2006

great food !!!!!the place is amazing whit a modern and beautiful decoration! great service !!!! Victor you are the best !!! kisses and good luck ... see you soon ! more
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Owner Message

  • Safran welcomes you to try a Vietnamese cuisine like no other. A style one could perhaps call Viet-chic, Safran serves contemporary, Vietnamese cooking evolved to include influences and elite techniques from around the world.

    Executive Chef Laura Lam (formally of the Rainbow Room and Monsoon Restaurant) was raised in Vietnam, but through her education and travels, has developed a cooking style like New York has never before seen. Her dishes are prepared using an array of spices, fresh herbs and seasonal fruits.

    The drink menu is filled with house-concocted specialty drinks made from fresh herbs like ginger, lavender and mint and exotic fruit mixed with premium spirits (flavored vodka, sugarcane rum etc.) and carefully chosen accents such as Perrier Jouet.

    The modern, upscale setting of Safran reflects the restaurant's unique qualities and is ideal for groups & intimate evenings.


  • The Scene
    Paralleling its border-crossing menu, Safran's main dining room puts a Chelsea polish on Asian restaurant basics. Pale green and beige stripes line the walls, with bright...

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Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu, Sun 11:30am-11:30pm Fri, Sat 11:30am-12am
  • Payments:

    American Express, Master Card, Discover, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Chelsea, Midtown