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Vietnamese Pho

Anyone have suggestions for authentic Vietnamese Pho? I've been going to Nam Song in Chinatown and its pretty good, but I'm still looking for something closer to the Vietnamese restaurants you find in the los angeles.

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  1. Cong Ly on Hester is the best pho in Manhattan.

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    1. re: KTinNYC

      agreed cong ly is the best in ctown (although LA is much better)

      1. re: Lau

        Lau, have you tried any in Sunset Park? I've yet to make it there but I here the Viet food is much better than c-town.

        1. re: KTinNYC

          Even better than Sunset Park is Pho Tay Ho in Bensonhurst (on 86th St.). The Outer Boroughs Board is the place to ask this question.

          1. re: bobjbkln

            Tay Ho may have the best Pho I've had in NY, which isn't saying much. I don't think Sunset Park choices are any better than Chinatown. NYC is Vietnamese deprived, unfortunately.


          2. re: KTinNYC

            unfortunately i have not made it out to sunset park...i've heard the viet food is better out there, but i generally have stayed in manhattan and flushing (just me being lazy)...although except for bahn mi, i havent heard of anything in sunset park that has made me want to go run out there

            fyi, the viet food in ctown is generally fairly bad

            1. re: Lau

              Same here, laziness and the plethora of choices have kept me in Manhattan as well. I also agree that the Viet choices in Manhattan's Chinatown are all pretty bad, Cong Ly being the best.

          3. re: Lau

            Wow on your recommends went to Cong ly. It is the best.

        2. Sounds like Cong Ly is it, I'll be trying it soon. thanks so much for the suggestions.

          1. Why didn't anyone say Nha Trang (not the one on Centre St., the one on Baxter St.)? I usually eat (many) other things there, but the pho is good.

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            1. re: christene

              had the pho at Nha Trang recently and was somewhat disappointed. found it bland. i think New Pasteur next door is a notch better.

              1. re: jeanki

                I go back and forth between those two restaurants depending on what I want to eat but generally prefer Nha Trang. I will try to pho at New Pasteur, though.

            2. New Viet Huang on Mulberry Street. Get the most expensive one they have, with a wonderful assortment cuts of meat, for around six dollars.

              1. I know many who swear by Pho Grand...

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                1. re: foodie71

                  The only swearing I did at Pho Grand was of the "what is this s***?" variety.

                  With Cong Ly just a few blocks away, going to Pho Grand is a mistake.

                2. Are there any good Pho spots outside of Chinatown? Getting to and fighting the Chinatown crowd can be a bit of a nuisance!

                  I like to eats.

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                  1. re: druz99

                    I liked Viet Cafe in Tribeca. Haven't tried their pho, but they had Bun Cha, which is
                    my favorite dish while I spent some time in Vietnam, and very few restaurants here serve this.
                    What came out was pretty close to the authentic version. Plus, the cooks in the kitchen were Vietnamese unlike a lot of places in C-town. I will have to go back there to try the pho.

                  2. Here's a thread though you may have to travel a bit. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/423435

                    and here's another, right here in Manhattan, outside of chinatown

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                    1. re: HLing

                      Re HLing's link to Phung Hung Market, which, I believe, has re-opened as The World Of Taste, I'm not sure they serve Pho. What I had there, however, the crab noodle soup, was, without question, far better tasting than any Pho I've had in NYC, and ranks up there with the best noodle soups I've eaten.

                    2. Saigon Grill does the job for me, but I do not suggest getting takeout since I find the quality between dining-in and take-out are miles apart.

                      I like to eats.

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                      1. re: druz99

                        Saigon Grill is not really in the same league as the C-town and Brooklyn Vietnamese joints. It's much more watered down, and the pho there is not good at all.

                      2. Nha Trang on Baxter near Canal. The vietnamese fried spring rolls are pretty incredible too.