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Best Pho?

writetim Mar 20, 2007 07:25 AM

Where's it at?

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    sumit Aug 30, 2009 09:09 AM

    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?

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      BrothaPham Aug 26, 2009 02:11 PM

      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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        nohofoods Aug 26, 2009 02:26 PM

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

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          BrothaPham Aug 27, 2009 03:25 PM

          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.

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          windycity Aug 28, 2009 09:25 AM

          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
            Lau Aug 28, 2009 09:51 AM

            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)

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              windycity Aug 30, 2009 07:19 AM

              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.

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          spicynuts Mar 20, 2007 07:59 AM

          Pho Bang on Mott.

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            asm305 Mar 21, 2007 11:45 AM

            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)...

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              ikardon Mar 29, 2007 12:38 PM

              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)?

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                KTinNYC Mar 29, 2007 12:57 PM

                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.

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                  Lau Mar 30, 2007 09:06 AM

                  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)

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                    Woodside Al Mar 30, 2007 09:16 AM

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

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                      davisready Mar 30, 2007 10:13 AM

                      what time do they usually close?

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                        Woodside Al Mar 30, 2007 11:28 AM

                        Around 7:30 or 8.

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              KTinNYC Mar 20, 2007 07:55 AM

              Cong Ly on Hester

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                big o Mar 20, 2007 09:47 AM

                That's two votes for Cong Ly

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                  Lau Mar 20, 2007 08:12 PM


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                    nyufoodie Mar 20, 2007 08:17 PM

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

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                    BKAL Mar 21, 2007 07:00 AM

                    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.

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                      spicynuts Mar 29, 2007 01:17 PM

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

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                        KTinNYC Mar 29, 2007 02:00 PM

                        Btwn Bowery and Chrystie

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