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Pho 39: Choice #2 in NYC

Pho 39 is part of TPOL in NYC.

Welcome back to New York City. Or should I say, welcome back NYC. The city has come a long way since I celebrated NYE here in 2021 (see Your Papers, Please: NY, The Lame Apple & Happy New Year! TPOL’s NYC NYE Party Guide). After many failed pho experiments in the City (see Pho No), I no longer take chances and head straight downtown to Sao Mai (see Game Over: TPOL Found the Best Pho in NYC). That was not an option this January morning as the weather looked like this:

a statue of a man in a park

I was staying at the Grayson Hotel which is located on 39th Street and 6th Avenue (see Stay for the Bedding). I didn’t want to go too far out of my door for anything. As the name suggests, Pho 39th is located on the 39th. Within two minutes, I arrived, ordered, and received the following:

a plate of food on a table
The spring rolls were exquisite.
a bowl of soup with meat and noodles
As far as the bowl, I was a little skeptical because it came out instantly, and I didn’t care for the chic spoon. It is awkward to use and does not add to the experience.
a bowl of soup with meat and sprouts
I was impressed by the number of sprouts and the size of the bowl.
a bowl of soup with meat and vegetables
Size matters but a big taste is most important.
a black spoon in a bowl
It was great.


If you don’t want to go downtown because of the weather or because you dread the subway, go to Pho 39.

a store front with a signTPOL’s Tip: Pho 39 is located at 70 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018.



  1. It is not a chic spoon. It is a ladle that nobody eats soup with. It is to cook with or serve with. Weird. It is the first time I see pho is served with a ladle and I eat pho a zillion times. The spring rolls look differently compared to those I see in the stores or other restaurants. I gather it is not an authentic pho restaurant as it is located in business or white neighborhood. I eat normally cook chicken or ox tail noodle soup at home.

  2. Location doesn’t mean it’s not authentic. Never seen? Read my posts. It’s used by other restaurants trying to be cute.

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