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Mar 20, 2007 07:25 AM

Best Pho?

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        1. re: Lau

          4th vote for cong-ly for the pho and very friendly service.

        2. re: KTinNYC

          I agree - Cong Ly is great, soup has lots of depth. Beef balls (in pho) are realy good. A true hole in the wall though.

          1. re: KTinNYC

            seems to be the consensus, so...Hester and what?

            1. re: spicynuts

              Definitely Cong Ly...but if I'm feeling really lazy I'll order delivery from Pho Bang (they send the noodles and soup packaged separately)...

              1. re: asm305

                I'm pretty partial to Pho Bang on Pike Street -- much better than its sister on Grand. Whats so great about cong ly (I've never been)?

                1. re: ikardon

                  I went back to Cong Ly on Saturday and I feel bad for those who go anywhere else. I've had the pho all over C-Town and Cong Ly is just the best. Broth is the key.

                  Besides the pho (I only had the small bowl) I ordered the bun with pork meatballs and that was great too. All the accouterments are there right down to the the scallions in oil.

                  1. re: ikardon

                    just solid broth, solid noodles...most of the other places have fairly bland pho, if you've had good pho there is a big difference

                    i dont actually like most of the rest of the food at cong ly, its alright, but nothing special (maybe i've tried the wrong dishes), but the pho is solid (and great by manhattan standards)

                    1. re: Lau

                      Only problem with Cong Ly is that they close so early, so I usually end up elsewhere. But it is great pho.

              2. Cong Ly- hands down. When my gf and I need our pho or Bun Bo Hue fix- we go see the old man at CL. The soup is consistently well done (aromatic & full of flavor). The Pho Bang chain and Baxter St places have good/satisfactory pho- but just doesn't compare.

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                1. re: BrothaPham

                  Seems to be the consensus around here. Is it Northern or Southern pho?

                  1. re: nohofoods

                    Not sure to be honest. They do not have the chicken version that's popular in Hanoi. And I've never tried beef pho up north. The broth is usually very rich in flavor- not too oily. It certainly does not require a lot of garnishes. I never add any sauces- just lime, fresh herbs, and fresh/raw chili for heat. I keep the hoisin and sriracha on the side for meats only. And until recently - I've always ordered the deluxe version of pho- more noodles, tripe, brisket, flank, etc... But then I realized the pho was even more enjoyable when I scaled it back a bit (to like the pho tai version). More stage room for the tasty soup I suppose.

                  2. re: BrothaPham

                    I go takeout from Cong Ly yesterday - first time eating their pho. It was decent but Pho Bang is still better. I will have to eat in to see if there is a difference.

                    all in all, still haven't found anything matching NoVa.

                    1. re: windycity

                      viet food in NYC is very weak...there just isn't the population to support it unfortunately (one of my favorite foods when done correctly)

                      1. re: Lau

                        Am aware of this, still bemoan the lack. I console myself with all the other delicious foods that we have that DC can't match.

                  3. I'm also a fan of Cong Ly on Hester after trying out many of the recommendations on ChowHound--but am not an expert by any means.

                    Question for everyone: Do most people order the standard, number one pho?