Upon reading an article on nymag.com titled the "50 of The City's Tastiest Soups", I knew I had a purpose in life -> I must complete the list. I realized I had already tasted a few due to my obsessional thoughts about ramen - so what's a few more soups? After I carefully read every soup bio and cross-referenced the restaurants on yelp.com and chow.com, I finally came to my first choice - Pho Bang. I was already craving pho, a traditional Vietnamese soup, and immediately needed a bowl after reading Pho Bang's reviews. I did keep in mind that their are an unreasonable number of places serving pho in Chinatown, but Pho Bang was on The List.
Pho Bang faux pas:
1- Random white meat-thing in soup (if it is meat? maybe cow stomach?) looks like drapery
2- An uneven ratio of noodle:broth:random soup things
3- Decent pho, not too great...
With over 50 types of pho, I knew that I should have read the menu more carefully, but I choose from the nymag list. Good soup? Eh, for $5.. sure. One of the 50 tastiest in NYC? No freaking way.
NYMag, I am disappointed in you. Go sit in the corner and think about what you've done.