41-07 Kissena Boulevard at 41st Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355
I found this place through my trusty Zagat, and even though it was late and rainy and cold, Dave and I ventured out to Pho Bang to sample its wares. The service is efficient and bare bones. The menu is sprawling so there’s something to suit practically anyone, or it would appear.
Since the name of the place has pho in it, naturally I wanted pho. And it was the perfect weather for it too. I forgot exactly which pho we ordered since there are about twenty zillion varieties. Here is the visual. Mmm. Dave was entranced by the subtle cinnamon clove taste of the soup.
The vermicelli was also tasty, and as with the pho, I am not sure exactly what kind we got, but it contained beef and peanuts, as you can see here. I should add that there were generous helpings of bean sprouts and mint for adding to your broth.
And our appetizers were spring rolls, even though they came out at the same time with all of the mains. No big. Crunchy and hot. Will have to try the summer rolls during the next visit to Pho Bang along with the coffee (it was too late for caffeine for yours truly). Even though we were the last patrons in the restaurant, the staff weren’t shooting daggers at us or cursing at us, or maybe they were since we couldn’t understand. We wrapped up and left promptly, only to face the dreary chill and damp of outside but feeling satisfied with the Vietnamese delights in our bellies.