Just thought I'd mention for whoever is interested I had the best Pho I've ever tasted tonight.
It was at this plain-named, non-descript (from the street) Vietnamese Restaurant. A Neon sign reads something like "Vietnamese Food" and the front window is filled with pictures of dishes that I bet taste way better than they look - in other words it looks like a typical gringo-asian place from the outside.
Inside is a different story. It's very clean with dimensions like a long narrow diner and all sorts of interesting, colorful nicknacks and details are lit in a purple glow. Regardless of whether you think it's in good taste you can tell the owner has had fun decorating her restaurant. (She was sitting a couple tables down)
Oh ya the food. It was art too. The broth was a crystal yellow and tasted delicious. The slices of beef were nice and red in the middle, and the noodles were perfectly cooked and not sticking together. Bits of cilantro garnished the top. It was the best I've had by far, and I've eaten a lot of Pho.
My wife had there Banh Canh Cua (Spicy Crabmeat Noodle Soup) and that too was delicious with a beautiful presenation. Together they came to about $15 (I Love Queens).
The service was also great. Our waiter was an older smiling Vietnamese man who quickly replaced my chopsticks without prompting when I dropped one on the floor.
Maybe I'm jumping the gun only having 2 dishes but this place really raises the bar for Vietnamese food the way Shripraphai raised the bar for Thai. I plan to come back to try more from their extensive menu.
How to find it: Its on 85-32 Grand Avenue, 2-3 blocks down from Tangra Marsala.
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