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Pho in Manhattan

bella9678 Apr 18, 2007 01:56 PM

Anybody know of a good Pho (vietnamese rice noodle soup) anywhere in manhattan??

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    ayeyaiyai Apr 18, 2007 02:01 PM

    I have not had much luck finding good pho in Manhattan, but a passable place is Thai Son on Baxter Street just off Canal St. in Chinatown. Nha Trang used to have good pho but the last time I was there the broth was not up to par. Nha Trang is also in Chinatown off Canal St. Try a Google search for the exact addresses for these places if you are interested.

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    1. re: ayeyaiyai
      noyknows Feb 21, 2008 01:36 PM

      So I just moved to NYC. Was craving pho and the friend I am staying with said she found Thai Son on Chowhound. Be warned--to call this pho passable is to treat it with kindness. I had pho about once a week growing up; it came from a pot/cauldron that was on the stove for hours. Thai Son's broth was bland, there was a negligible amount of tendon and the proper herbs which generally accompany pho were not present. Once again I am craving pho- the real deal. When I find it I'll report back. Happy Eating!

    2. lilnugget Apr 18, 2007 02:37 PM

      I love Pho Grand on Grand around Eldridge. The broth is really tasty.

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        randumbposter Apr 18, 2007 02:55 PM

        I like thai son and the pho place on grand between bowery and christie

        1. Woodside Al Apr 18, 2007 03:01 PM

          The generally acknowledged best place for pho in NYC is Cong Ly on Hester St. between Bowery and Christie. Beware though that they close early - usually around 7:30 to 8 PM.

          Other decent places in Manhattan I've been to are the various branches of Pho Bang (I particularly like the one on Pike St.), and Pho Grand mentioned above. Thai Son may also be good, I've been to their Queens branch which is near where I live and liked it.

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          1. re: Woodside Al
            Lau Feb 21, 2008 04:07 PM

            agree with the above...id go to cong ly if i were u, i find it the best

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            scherbert Feb 21, 2008 05:26 PM

            Too bad Bo Ky in Chinatown is no longer...but I quite like the pho at Omai on Ninth Ave (@19th I think).

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              Lau Feb 21, 2008 06:24 PM

              when did bo ky close down?? i saw it like two weeks ago and it was open?

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                Scotty100 Feb 21, 2008 06:30 PM

                Bao noodles on 2nd and 22nd is the real deal...great pho...the sister joint bao 111 in the LES is also great...

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                  Lau Feb 21, 2008 06:42 PM

                  their pho does not hold a candle to cong ly

                  both baos are semi fusion food and its okay, but nothing spectacular though not a bad place for drinks

                  1. re: Lau
                    cimui Feb 21, 2008 06:53 PM

                    Lau, is there any pho worth eating in midtown, near Rockefeller Center? I was fiending earlier this week and couldn't think of a single place nearby. Doesn't have to be the best, just edible.

                    1. re: cimui
                      Lau Feb 21, 2008 07:53 PM

                      never tried it, but i think saigon 48 has pho, but that place kind of sucks

                      asia grill might have it as well, but that place is whatever as well

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                        cimui Feb 21, 2008 07:55 PM

                        desperate times, desperate measures. :)
                        thanks so much for the leads (tho i know it pains you to recommend anything less than stellar)!!

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                          egit Feb 28, 2008 11:17 AM

                          Asia Grill (UES) has pho. It's... okay. If you're addicted and you need your fix, it'll work. Not as good as Bao noodles, which is not as good as many in c-town.

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                            hon Feb 28, 2008 11:33 AM

                            I had the pho there once and never again, the broth tasted rancid and the meat was gray. Ick.

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                              egit Feb 28, 2008 12:17 PM

                              Well, like I said, it's not great. I don't think the broth tastes rancid, and I think any beef "cooked" in hot water/broth will look grey. More, I was responding to someone above asking whether or not asia grill has pho. AG happens to be the only place that will deliver to my apt that has pho. No, I'm not proud of my pho addction, and I'm seeking help. But in the meantime, when the need strikes, asia grill will fill it.

                        2. re: cimui
                          Miss Needle Feb 22, 2008 06:18 AM

                          My sister used to live in Hell's Kitchen and went to a place on 9th between 45th and 46th when she had her cravings. She said it was not as cheap as C-town and not as good, but it did the job.

                          1. re: Miss Needle
                            cimui Feb 22, 2008 08:04 AM

                            Thanks, Miss Needle! Any idea whether it was Yum Yum Bangkok (Thai, obviously, but sometimes Thai restaurants'll have pho on the menu as well)? Just trying to match it up with the menupages description in case I'm too lazy to walk. :)

                            1. re: cimui
                              Miss Needle Feb 22, 2008 08:10 AM

                              Sorry, don't remember the name.

                              Don't know if you're planning on going today in this snowy weather. There's also Pho 32 (?) in K-town. It's not that bad either.

                              1. re: cimui
                                a_and_w Feb 22, 2008 11:02 AM

                                Probably not Yum Yum Bangkok. Maybe Miss Saigon? Is Pho Bang on Mott still around? I always liked that place...

                          2. re: Lau
                            Renguin Feb 22, 2008 04:36 PM

                            I agree, I've had both and been to vietnam. Cong Ly is much more authentic/better. the meat at bao noodles was too think. it wasn't bad but if you know pho you won't be satisfied.

                      2. re: scherbert
                        squid kun Feb 28, 2008 10:12 AM

                        Bo Ky is still open. Maybe you passed by around Lunar New Year; I think it closed for a couple days around then.

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