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Pan Jun 30, 2009 04:20 AM

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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    Whatsgood RE: Pan Jun 30, 2009 05:29 AM

    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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      Pan RE: Whatsgood Jun 30, 2009 06:15 PM

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

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      bearmi RE: Pan Jun 30, 2009 07:52 PM

      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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        Pan RE: bearmi Jun 30, 2009 08:28 PM

        They have Shabu-Shabu.

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          bearmi RE: Pan Jun 30, 2009 09:23 PM

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

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            Pan RE: bearmi Jul 1, 2009 12:35 AM

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

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              bearmi RE: Pan Jul 1, 2009 08:09 PM

              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...

      2. squid kun RE: Pan Jul 1, 2009 01:36 AM

        >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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          Pan RE: squid kun Jul 1, 2009 05:52 PM

          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.

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          douglas525 RE: Pan Jul 2, 2009 08:27 AM

          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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            Pan RE: douglas525 Jul 2, 2009 03:07 PM

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

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              douglas525 RE: Pan Jul 2, 2009 05:01 PM

              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.

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                Pan RE: douglas525 Jul 2, 2009 05:19 PM

                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.

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              bigjeff RE: douglas525 Jul 4, 2009 04:53 PM

              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.

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