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Pho 32 St Marks

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My girlfriend and I split a large bowl of brisket and flank at this place tonight. The broth didn't taste quite Vietnamese, somehow, but the taste of the soup was fine. What wasn't fine was that they were very stingy with meat, compared to most any Vietnamese restaurant I've ever gone to. Most of the contents of the soup were large quantities of noodles. I think that's unacceptable.

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  1. they also put the bean sprouts in the soup for you, dont get to add it like other pho places, found the service to be lacking, saw numerous tables looking around for a waiter to order

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    1. re: Whatsgood

      That's absolutely true about the bean sprouts. And they have hoisin sauce at the table, not plum sauce, which I like better.

    2. Do they have similar menu to their 32nd Street location? I have walked past the Pho32 on St. Marks and was wondering if they serve hot pot too...

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        1. re: Pan

          Thx for letting me know. I will have to check it out soon.

          1. re: bearmi

            Why don't you go to Lan, instead? They're right nearby and have very good shabu-shabu.

            1. re: Pan

              Ha.. good point... I like Lan a lot and I always wanted to order the Shabu Shabu there but they only serve Shabu Shabu for 2 or more people. When I go to Lan with my non-Asian friends, nobody wants Shabu Shabu. And when I suggest Lan to my Asian friends, they would prefer going to sushi restaurants instead so my wish was never fulfilled. Maybe one day one of my friends will be curious enough to try it...

      1. >The broth didn't taste quite Vietnamese, somehow, but the taste of the soup was fine. What wasn't fine was that they were very stingy with meat, compared to most any Vietnamese restaurant I've ever gone to.


        It's definitely a Korean spin on pho, which soft-pedals some spice notes in the broth. But I haven't had skimpy portions of meat on 32nd St. Haven't tried the St. Marks or Queens locations. Thanks for the warning.

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        1. re: squid kun

          You're welcome. I wonder whether the pho with navel and tendon as well as brisket and flank has more meat content at that place.

        2. I've had problems with every Vietnamese place I go to that's not in Chinatown. I refuse to go to any Vietnamese restaurant that's above Delancy or below Worth. Flushing and Elmhurst in Queens are pretty safe, too.

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          1. re: douglas525

            I've had problems with Vietnamese restaurants in Chinatown, though. Which Vietnamese restaurants in Manhattan have you not had trouble in?

            1. re: Pan

              There are two on Baxter just south of Canal, and I never can remember their names, but both are consistently good. Na Trang, or something like that, I think, is the better one. The one closest to Canal, and it has crispy fried squid as an appetizer. Pho tu do on Bowery had been consistently good, but the last time we went to their new location across the street, it wasn't as good. I'm hoping they were just temporarily off their game because of the move.

              1. re: douglas525

                I went to Pho Nha Trang Centre a few months ago, and it was fine - not great, but fine. The other Vietnamese places on Baxter that I can think of (there may be more) are Pho Pasteur and Thai Son.

            2. re: douglas525

              you could probably extend that north at least 3-4 miles and below? well, forever. and queens address ain't a given either. the answer might lie in the land called sunset park but pho shops in general are just tough to find a really great one that hits it at every note desired. and . . . . with all that said, I still just to go New Tu Do until something else comes along.