Restaurant Review: Pho 32 & Shabu

Details: Located at 45-34 Bell Blvd, Flushing, NY 11361. An unclaimed Yelp page can be found at

Score: 7/10

When it comes to places open twenty-four hours, I can’t help but appreciate. There are just so few of them. This place is open twenty-four hours and I appreciate that.

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Restaurant Review: Pho Grand

Details: Located at 38-40 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361. Official site is

Score: 7/10

Pho Grand is either a chain of Vietnamese restaurants or many of these restaurateurs simply all decided to call their restaurants Pho Grand. I’m not sure. Either way, this is yet another standard, decent pho restaurant.

I got the number one, which is the big bowl of pho with all the meats they offer. Cost about ten dollars and was okay. Shared some spring rolls and string beans with the table, all of which was good.

The interior is large enough and comfortably spread out.

Service was fine, though they sort of messed up our order.

Overall, this place is your average pho place. Nothing special and decent enough.

Restaurant Review: Chef Pho & Peking Roast Duck

Details: Located at 858 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10019. An unclaimed Yelp page can be found at

Chef Pho is a Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant in midtown. I came by for the lunch special. I got the General Tso’s chicken with egg fried rice and an egg roll for a little under ten dollars. It was okay.

The primary reason why you should not go to the restaurant is because there are better competitors in the area, at least in some regards. China Gourmet is one block away and costs less. The Chinese takeout is not as good, but it’s still cheaper. Cha Pa’s Noodle bar is also one blocks away and for a similar price, you get better quality Vietnamese food.

In other words, this place is okay, but there are better places in the area.

Score: 5.9/10

Restaurant Review: Cha Pa’s Noodles and Grill

Details: Located at 314 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019. Official site is

What’s surprising to me is how few Vietnamese restaurants there are in the area. There are a ton of Thai restaurants, but no Vietnamese. Which is a shame since Vietnamese is as good as it is cheap.

I came by here at around lunch time, shortly after it opened and the place was packed. I ordered the pork over vermicelli salad, which came with a fried spring roll. It cost around ten dollars after tax.

It was really good. About as good as Vietnamese food I’ve had anywhere else, but still good. The price was right, too.

Overall, this a great, cost friendly place to have lunch.

Score: 7/10