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A Vietnamese friend put us on to Thanh Da in Dyker Heights a few weeks ago, and the pho here is very solid, though maybe not worth making a trip for if you live far away. The bun bo hue? That’s another story entirely. Get on the train.
Another Sunset Park star, the house special over here gives Ba Xuyen a run for its $4.50. You’re looking at butter-and-mayo’d bread, topped with cold cuts, BBQ pork, pickled veg, jalapeño, and cilantro. Sounds familiar, but somehow manages to taste original. Like some other hitters on this list, the pork here comes sliced nice and thick, so you can actually savor the meat.
If you’re looking for a quick bowl of pho or a banh mi near on the southern edge of Sunset Park, go to Thanh Da. It’s an extremely casual spot with a couple of tables and a serious takeout operation, and you probably aren’t going to spend more than $20 on dinner here (or maybe even $10, if you go with a banh mi). And, while we do enjoy the pho, the real MVP is the bún bò hue. The soup is a little spicy and a little tangy, with some pork, thick noodles, and basil and lime to round things out. Get a bowl, and don’t take it to go. It deserves better than that.