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The best pho restaurants in NYC

New York’s best pho restaurants—from Chinatown stalwarts to Bushwick sleeper hits—will warm your belly all year long

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By Dan Q Dao, Alyson Penn and Time Out contributors |

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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Best pho restaurants in NYC

Restaurants, Vietnamese

Saigon Shack

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This charming MacDougal Street mainstay dispatches nine types of Vietnamese sandwiches and vermicelli bowls to nearby bargoers and NYU students alike. The simple bill of fare also includes eight varieties of pho, including a tofu-based vegetarian version, a classic sliced beef and the house special: three cuts of beef and slices of Vietnamese ham mingling with fresh herbs in a surprisingly fiery orange broth.


Bò Cà Phê

icon-location-pin Nolita

For Bò Cà Phê, home is that crowded dining enclave known as Soho’s Petrosino Square. Its menu centers around Vietnamese rice noodle salads, or bò bún, as they’re referred to in French, a near-perfect dish for the health obsessed. Bò Cà Phê builds its version using gluten-free rice noodles, sprouts, carrots, cucumber, fresh herbs, a lean protein of choice and dressing on the side. 

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