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Pho (Vietnamese noodles) in New Jersey?

Albert May 18, 2006 09:40 PM

Does anyone know a good Vietnamese restaurant in central New Jersey that serves pho? Thanks.

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    Boo Boo May 20, 2006 08:13 AM

    Mo Pho. It's not really central Jersey, it's in Fort Lee. 212 Main St. Mophonoodles.com

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      Brian Yarvin May 20, 2006 09:46 AM


      Pho restaurants are fairly common around here, could you give us a bit more detail about where you're looking?

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        brendon Feb 5, 2007 04:38 PM

        Around where Brian? I can't find decent Pho in North Jersey to save my life

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          BrianYarvin Feb 8, 2007 01:19 PM

          Around Central New Jersey.

          In the Edison/Plainfield area there are three or four good places. We also have a nice little Vietnamese grocery with takeout sandwiches.

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            piccola Feb 8, 2007 04:56 PM

            ooh, share please! I work in Piscataway and could use some good Vietnamese lunch.

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              chuck98 Mar 16, 2007 05:28 PM

              Brian, where's the place with the takeout sandwiches located?

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                psheridan Jul 15, 2009 06:22 AM


                location for the takeout sandwiches, please share! I would love to find vietnamese sandwiches in this area.

                Thanks, Pamela

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                  menton1 Jul 15, 2009 01:02 PM

                  Saigon R in Englewood has a new menu of Banh Mi sandwiches, I believe there are 4 kinds. Here's a blog with photos:


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              piccola Feb 5, 2007 04:42 PM

              Nha Trang in Jersey City makes some decent pho.

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                Christizz Feb 5, 2007 05:23 PM

                pho hana or pho32 & shabu shabu both in pal park

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                  jmoryl Feb 8, 2007 12:19 PM

                  In Florham Park there is a newish (6 mo. old) place on Ridgedale Rd. called Viet Ai which has pretty decent Pho.

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                    Curlz Aug 23, 2009 05:32 AM

                    Viet Ai is still very much open and very much TERRIFIC, imo!

                  2. jpr54_1 Feb 8, 2007 12:51 PM

                    in belleville in east west shopping center is good vietnamese restaurant

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                      Q Jean Feb 12, 2007 05:20 AM

                      Thanks for the tip about the Belleville restaurant, jpr54_1!! I checked it out this weekend, and it's nice to have a place to go locally. The summer rolls were excellent, and the pho broth was piping hot and the noodles were at a perfect consistency.

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                        Curlz Aug 23, 2009 05:34 AM

                        Haven't been there in too long, but that place is called Binh Duong--it's on Belleville Ave, technically in Bloomfield, iirc, but right on the border w/Belleville.

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                          Gastro Travels May 12, 2011 08:36 AM

                          Huong Viet in Nutley http://www.yelp.com/biz/huong-viet-nutley is much better - they also have a version of pho with chargrilled pork that is to die for! Yes, the service can be a little slow depending on who's working and the given night - but their food is really good and I like the atmosphere better than the place on Belleville Ave.


                    2. Eggsactley Feb 9, 2007 01:46 PM

                      I know of 2 places (senior moment trying to remember at least one name) on the northbound side of Rte 27 in Edison one closer to Plainfield Ave. the other closer to Talmidge Road. I've enjoyed a steaming bowl at both.

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                        flavorboy Mar 11, 2007 12:34 PM

                        Bien Hoa is the Edison place on route 27, 2090 Route 27. 732-287-9500. Very Good. Tons of Pho options. Almost exclusively Asian diners!

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                          chuck98 Mar 16, 2007 05:26 PM

                          The place at the corner of Rt 27 and Plainfield Ave is good, and there's a place named Saigon on the other side of Piscataway that was ok. I've been unable to find Pho Bo Sate on any of the Edison-area Vietnamese restaurants, though, anyone have a recommendation?

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                            lavie Sep 12, 2007 10:34 AM

                            Saigon House in East Hanover is a really good Vietnamese restaurant. The food is excellent and it's very authentic with actual customer service. Their Pho is one of the great renditition. They have a very extended dinner menu and the ambian is casual dining. It's definitely was of the cleanest and nicely decorated Vietnamese restuarants I've been to. They have a very mix clientale. I always see Asians and non-Asian eating there.

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                              ozmotion Sep 21, 2007 07:08 PM

                              "Actual customer service"? what's that supposed to mean? honestly, to me an authentic pho restaurant is somewhat of a no-frills endeavor, with your food brought out unceremoniously on a metal cart with little in the way of traditional table service. It's all about the food... I view any pho establishment with high service with deep suspicion, as they must be spending too much effort on impressing the customers with ambiance and overall presentation than they are on the soup itself.

                              Bien Hoa, mentioned earlier on this list, is the best in central jersey. The decor is also the worst - that is, tacky and bare at best, but the food is absolutely delicious. Order the rare beef in your pho served on the side so you can let it be cooked to your preference at the table. mmmm....

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                                lavie Nov 11, 2007 11:10 AM

                                I've been to alot of Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants including hole in the wall. Some of them are a gem, but service is normally lacking. It doesn't mean they don't have good food since I always come back. BUT, It's always nice to be able to have good food with good service and you can bring dates and family there knowing you'll get the best of both worlds. Mr. Chu in East Hanover is another good example of good Chinese with good service vs. something in Chinatown.

                            2. Quine Sep 21, 2007 07:13 PM

                              well I see central as central. And Pho is soup?

                              Pho Eden in Cherry HIll, samm hideaway in a strip mall. Great!

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                                HJW23 Aug 22, 2009 07:28 PM

                                I'd stay away from the Saigon restaurant in Morristown, directly across from the train station. Went there today and while the spring rolls were good, the pho was awful. When they didn't recognize nuoc mam when I asked for it I realized something was wrong...turned out they were Chinese!

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                                  zimilak Apr 8, 2011 10:44 AM

                                  Little Saigon in Englishtown, near Marlboro, NJ. It's pretty good compared to Philly & NY's chinatown. http://www.littlesaigonon9.com/

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