BAM! Here is a relatively new spot on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village section of Manhattan called “Ha Noi House.” It is said that they serve some pretty authentic pho here…plus, it takes a lot of cahones to name a place after Ha Noi, the home of the world’s greatest pho, and attempt to serve this stuff up to discerning diners in New York City. . .let’s check it out and see what’s what.
We pop in…the place is packed and it smells really good…smells like pho bo–we are intrigued. We put our name on the waiting list and are told that we will be seated in ninety minutes or so. . .grrrr, I hate waiting for anything, let alone soup, for ninety minutes…but we commit.
BOOM! Ninety minutes later we are seated…we order pho bo and crispy spring rolls. . .the spring rolls are good. . .and the soup is pretty darn good. . .in Ha Noi this would be our least favorite bowl of pho bo, but here in the East Village this is not bad at all. The pho noodles are substantial, correct, and chewy–good…the broth is beefy and delicious–full of lots of Vietnamese stuff that makes us go, mmmm!!. . .and the beef itself is dropped in raw and allowed to cook in the hot broth–correct…and it tastes pretty good–though it seems to be sliced a little too thick for me…if it was sliced slightly thinner I think it would infuse with the broth a bit more and cook just a little more delicately. . .nevertheless, we slurp this stuff down feeling somewhat satisfied.
So, check out Ha Noi House over in the East Village of New York City. . .order an icy-cold bia hoi and slurp down a bowl of pho bo–it won’t be the best that you have ever had, but you might feel just a tiny bit like you are sitting somewhere in Ha Noi whiling away the time like all of us love to do whenever we get to the chance to. . .mmm, aaaahh!!
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