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Pho in Manhattan

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

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  1. 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

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

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

        1. 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

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

          2. 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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            1. re: scherbert

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

              1. re: Lau

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

                1. re: Scotty100

                  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

                    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

                      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

                      1. re: Lau

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

                        1. re: Lau

                          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.

                          1. re: egit

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

                            1. re: hon

                              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

                          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

                            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

                              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

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

                          2. re: Lau

                            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

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