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Jan 27, 2009 01:10 PM

Best Manhattan Pho

Hi All,
I have seen many threads here regarding Pho but many people seem to add other dishes (ie buns, etc) into their overall assessments of Vietnamese restaurants.

I'm looking for the restaurant that has the best PHO (not really concerned with other dishes) hands now in Manhattan.

From the other threads I've seen these have been mentioned:

Pho Viet Huang

Nha Trang (Baxter below Canal)

Cong Ly

Pho Bang at 157 Mott

Anyone with new information?
thanks! :)

Cong Ly
124 Hester St, New York, NY 10002

Nha Hang Pho Viet Huong
73 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

Nha Trang
87 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

Pho Bang
157 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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  1. You ever try Pho Tu Do on Bowery between Grand and Hester? Pretty good, pretty cheap.

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    1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

      the old one or the new one? Now it's called New Tu Do; same crazy decor but according to a friend, broth is not as good.

      1. re: bigjeff

        just went there (New Tu Do), very very happy with the flavors, the portions. we had a number 1 and also a special soup (second item on the menu under the glass) which was, I gather, some chiu chou soup: glass noodles, sweet fragrant broth, seafood, slices of pork, also little bits of fried pork fat and ground pork, served with lettuce and bean sprouts.

        both were good.

      2. re: Notorious P.I.G.

        agreeed...i've been going to this place for almost ten years. not the best pho but hearty and cheap.

        New Tu Do
        102 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

      3. always been a fan of Pho Grand.

        1. Cong Ly was quite good, but I've had better, in Atlanta of all places. About $5 for a mid-sized bowl, not the cheapest either. But will definitely hit the spot.

          1. I've eaten at all mentioned except Pho Viet Huang. Of those, Cong Ly is probably the best. You do realize that the best in Manhattan really isn't saying that much. If you're going to eat on Baxter, I prefer New Pasteur to Nha Trang. I'm not sure why people like that place so much. I haven't eaten at Pho Tu Do in over 10 years, but I have to say it was some of the worst Vietnamese food I've ever eaten, so I've never been back.

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            1. re: pernodoj

              Yeah, the state of Pho in Manhatten is a sorry one I must say. Pho Tu Do was decent at best and my favorite of the ones mentioned but maybe a bit inconsistent over the years? It was good the last time I tried it but I've heard from friends that they've been off as of late.

            2. I like Xe Lua on Mulberry Street. Pretty good broth and nothing tastes "off" about it, like some other places. I don't like Pho Grand very much--it's too fatty.