Location: 124 Hester St (btw Bowery & Chrystie)
Price: Pho $5-6
I recently had conversation with a vietnamese dude whom I met through dodgeball and our conversation went like this:
Me: So you’re Vietnamese…which Vietnamese restaurant in the city is the best?
Vietnamese dude: None
Vietnamese dude: You kind of forget and get used to how bad Vietnamese food in NYC is until you go to another city and realize how good it can be.
Okay so MAYBE there is a mysterious Vietnamese place out there in the outer boroughs that have an amazing pho or some random French fusion Vietnamese street food. Who knows? I’ll keep looking out there but, for now I went to Cong Ly and they had a solid Pho. Its right off Bowery at a very unassuming location recommended by a friend. The noodle and broth were great and I like that they had a Pho option with a sweet beef roll thing on the side. The noodles were definitely higher quality than other places I’ve been to off mulberry and mott st. Yes I still need to go to Vietnam and experience the real thing.
So the ultimate question is…are the noodles more important, or the broth, or the other misc thing that go into a Pho (cilantro, lime, tripe, beef, etc)??