Pho Vietnamese Boi Noodles Midtown Times Square Port Authority NY
Boi Noodles Vietnamese Pho
240 W 40th St (bet 7 and 8th ave)
Port Authority NY
I work in the garment district and there’s a pretty good selection of ethnic food including Indian, Chinese, Korean, Halal, Spanish, Kosher, Italian, and Japanese. Just recently I discovered a Vietnamese noodle place right across the street from Port Authority. Ok not the greatest, most elegant location but when you’re next store to Dunkin Donuts and Popeye’s, Boi Noodles looks like a pretty good choice before hopping on the next Greyhound.
I ordered the #4 Pho Saigon with thinly sliced beef ($7.35) which I know is pretty expensive for pho (I’ll get back to this in a min). That day, I kind of discovered that Boi Noodles hasn’t been open too long – the staff wasn’t sure who was to collect the money and who would put in the order and which receipt I should get. Then, when the cook prepared the Pho, he actually put the thin sliced beef in a basket and briefly cooked it in a vat of hot water before placing it in the bowl which is not what I’d expect from a Vietnamese restaurant (usually the thin slices of beef are served raw and are slowly cooked in the hot broth). Anyways, I took my bowl and went upstairs and sat down at one of the several large wooden picnic tables (weird) and checked out the pho. It was actually pretty good and the broth, which usually defines good pho, has great flavor. My only complaint is that for the $8, you don’t get a whole lot. I know that it’s midtown but if it was priced at $6 or $6.50 I’d probably come back here a lot more. I mean it’s a bowl of broth with noodles and a few slices of beef after all. Then again, if you find yourself at Port Authority in the middle of winter, this bowl of pho will be your best friend guaranteed.
Boi also serves Banh Mi sandwiches for $6.89, some noodle dishes, and all kinds of lemongrass drink refreshments. Will need to check those out soon.