Purists may balk at the notion of a vegetable-based pho that shines among the meaty regulars, but the lone offering of noodle soup at this Bushwick kitchen is just that. A savory, yet light broth is simmered for three hours with mushrooms, star anise, charred shallots and ginger. Beef is available as a topping in thick, hand-carved strips of brisket that's been smoked for 14 hours over mesquite and applewood.
New York touts unmatched bagels, classic red-sauce Italian restaurants and a ramen game on par with the noodle temples of Japan, but steaming bowls of Vietnamese noodle soups are harder to come by—without the best pho restaurants in NYC, that is. There are plenty of Gotham joints at which to slurp up the hangover-curing, slow-cooked broth, from no-frills old-timers in Chinatown to a second-generation Bushwick charmer.
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