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Jun 10, 2008 07:03 PM

Closest PHO?

Never had Pho... what's the closest decent place from Tarrytown? Thanks.

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  1. I think there may be someplace in the Bronx. Check out the Outer Boroughs board. Otherwise head into NYC or Flushing.

    1. Try the Vietnam Restaurant on Rte 45 in Spring Valley.

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      1. re: JRBlack

        agree with JR..IMHO, this place's is the best around (

        1. re: sixelagogo

          Thanks... it's about 20 min. from me, so I'll give it a try. What are your favorites? I have no Vietnamese food knowledge... a friend recommends Pho as a whole big delicious meal in a bowl... I like all meats, big flavors...

          1. re: woodburner

            Boy, are you in for a treat: This place really is the tops, has great prices, is family owned, and is probably the most friendly restaurant I know.

            My recommendations at the Vietnam
            1. Pho Tai- this is the most simple pho and a great introdution to vietnamese soups; strips of raw beef placed atop really hot broth. Dress your pho up with the hot sauce that's on the table and add some sprouts and basil to your liking.

            The following are my favorites and are on the appetizer menu

            2. Bahn Xiao: Vietnamese pancake. This is a mung and rice flour "crepe" stuffed with pork or shrimp. This is served with a plate of lettuce leaves, pickled carrots, mint, cilantro, and nuoc cham, a dipping sauce. Take large piece of leave, then place in it a chunk of the crepe, then mint and cilantro and carrot and roll it up (ala burrito), dip the whole wad in the sauce then pop it in your mouth...mmmm..

            Beef Fajitar: I think they meant fajita..who cares? this dish is AFRIGGINGMAZING. Marinated, grilled beef served with above lettuce/mint/cilantro spread. This time, however, you'll also be getting rice papers that they've place on embrodery plastic rounds (to prevent them from sticking). Take 1 plastic round (it's better if you take the plastic along with the rice paper (less stick)), then place a little of everything from the greenery plate, some beef,, then roll it up ala burrito again. Submerge in sauce and get ready for a perfect mouth explosion.

            Papaya salad: You've probably had this before at thai restauants, but the vietnam's takes the cake. Jullienned papaya tossed with nuac cham, tomatoes, shrimp and peanuts. The perfect summer salad.

            Honey chicken with sticky rice. Sweet chicken served with fried sticky rice...dip the rice in the ubiquitous nuoc chom sauce and yer in for a treat.

            I recommend finishing your meal with the vietamese iced coffee which come with this little french press contraption above a coffee cup. Once the water runs out, yer coffee is ready. Stir really good, as there's condensed milk at the bottom of yer cup, then pour into the glass of ice. Drink this coffee nip-like treat late at night and you'll be up for a while.

            Enjoy yerself and please report back if you go.

            1. re: sixelagogo

              WOW! That;s great guidance! I needed the "how to" along with the dish names. Thanks sixelagogo! Next week is very busy, but I'm there the week after. Will post feedback. Thanks again.

              1. re: woodburner

                no problem...good luck and hope you enjoy!