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Mar 9, 2011 04:58 PM

Has anyone tried the pho at Hanco's on 7th Ave?

They are now serving pho, a little pricey at $8.75, but I can walk there, so it evens out if it's good.
If anybody has been, please report.

350 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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  1. michelle no offense but do the math. i dont need to try this place to tell you its not worth either of our time

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    1. re: AubWah

      I wouldn't write them off just yet. I haven't tried the pho, but I love the banh mi. It might or might not be worth your time, but maybe you do need to try it before you decide. : )

      1. re: AubWah

        Rents are higher in Park Slope compared to Chinatown (and probably Boerum Hill). The price of the banh mi at the Boerum Hill location is a dollar less than the Park Slope one. And the way Hanco's is set up is different than pho houses in C-town where there's higher turnover of customers. People tend to bring their laptops and linger at Hanco's. And for many people, the convenience factor (if you live near Hanco's) is more important than saving three bucks. I think the extra price is justified. When I was in Vietnam, pho was about a buck. I'm not going to complain that Chinatown's pho is around $6. And as I make pho at home, I can tell you that it's not a budget dish.

        1. re: AubWah

          Well, you were right, and I should have listened. I had it today. The broth was both watery and too salty. The amount of meat was ok, but it wasn't rare. My husband summed it up saying that if this was his first pho experience, he would never order it again. It's back on the subway to Bay Ridge or Manhattan...

          1. re: michelley

            Oh, sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy it. I only had a couple of spoonfuls from somebody else's bowl who said it was better than Thai Son in Jackson Heights. It wasn't bad, but I didn't think it was terrible. Perhaps I didn't have a large enough sample.

            There's another Vietnamese place that's supposed to be opening around 9th Street and 7th Ave. Hopefully they'll serve pho and it will be better.

            Thai Son
            40-10 74th St, Queens, NY 11373

            1. re: Miss Needle

              Oh that's ok, at first taste it wasn't so bad. By the 4th it was.

              You know, I've lived here half my life and every time I walk by a vacant storefront I wish for a pho house or sichuan place to move in. Or Korean or Shanghai...can't really expect dim sum. There was a time when 5th Ave had nothing but bars, diners, pizza, 2 American Chinese take outs, and several burnt out blocks, and 7th had a few mediocre American places, 2 not really Mexican places, 1 truly deplorable Indian place, and no good supermarkets for miles. It has improved.

              Anyhow, I can't wait for Ha Noi to open, and I pray they don't suck.

              Ha Noi
              448 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              1. re: michelley

                I recently moved to the area from Manhattan where I used to live a block away from Lan Sheng and Szechuan Gourmet and a few blocks away K-town. So I definitely understand your pain. I think it's been ages since I've had an order of dan dan noodles.

                As I know people who have lived in the area for years, I do understand that the Slope restaurant situation has improved vastly over time. Perhaps one day we'll get some great Vietnamese or Chinese place to open up here. But it may take some time. I will say that the bakery/dessert situation is so much better here than my old hood.

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  You need to get out to Sunset Park. On 8th Ave. there's Chinese and Vietnamese galore. On 5th Ave. there's good Mexican places.

                  1. re: Bob Martinez

                    Bob, I've actually been to Sunset Park numerous times. Yes, I'd agree that's the place to go for Chinese and Vietnamese. But sometimes I get tired of commuting and just want to stay in the area. Probably would help if I had a car -- but then that creates another set of problems to deal with.

                    Haven't tried Moim yet for Korean in PS. Someone I know was raving about their pork sliders. So I guess I should give it a try but go with tempered expectations.

                    206 Garfield Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        2. I tried a couple of spoonfuls of broth from somebody else's bowl. Thought the broth was all right. The nice thing about Hanco's pho is that you can pick your own beansprouts and holy basil. I find that most places tend to skimp on the basil. So with this model, you can add as much as you want. They also had lemon wedges available (I'm more of a lime person). They have a selection of different toppings you can choose with your pho -- tofu, chicken, grilled pork and beef from what I remember. The beef one came with brisket, eye round and tendon.

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