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Best NYC Pho Restaurant Is Not Going To Work Anymore: Who Is Next?

Olha Bahaieva

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We all love to go out and have an amazing dinner. NYC is one of the best places in the USA for comfortable living with many dining out options. Many foreigners come to New York to take Instagram pictures and visit restaurants to try different cuisines.

It was a perfect time for all tourists before the pandemic. Once the lockdown happened, traveling was almost down, and people started to spend more time at home.

During this time, many restaurants shifted from serving people in their spaces to delivering meals straight to client's homes. Some businesses were able to earn even more than before.

For some restaurants, the pandemic was a tough time, and today we see its results. While some restaurants started to operate before a pandemic, others started to shut down permanently.

What Happened

One of such places in NYC is Just Pho. This is a Vietnamese restaurant with great cuisine and affordable prices. How about shredded chicken Pho for $10-12? It sounds like a good deal if you compare prices in other NYC restaurants.

If you take a look at their menu, Just Pho proposes great meals at affordable prices. This is not a luxury place where you can order the most expensive delicatess. Instead, this is a comfortable restaurant with meals starting from $5.50 only.

They don't have too much meal variety, but their menu is enough to eat well and continue your work or traveling over NYC sightseeings.

Robert Sietsema, a Just Pho's fan, included this restaurant in his NYC restaurant review article on Eater. He describes a restaurant as a great place to eat and rest.

This place was a real surprise when it hit town across the street from Penn Station last year, a pho parlor that specialized in the beef soup as it’s eaten in Hanoi, where it was originally sold by street vendors. - Robert Sietsema in Eater

Just Pho is located in Garment District, 252 W 31 st Between 7th and 8th Avenue. Many New Yorkers used to avoid Penn Station, but not this restaurant.

Unfortunately, Just Pho is not going to work anymore. According to Eater, it happened due to the pandemic. Since the beginning of 2020, many restaurants have started to close. Just Pho became one of them in 2021.

Many New Yorkers will miss this place. It was really great spot to dine out, hang out with friends and eat delicious food for an affordable budget.

Along with Just Pho, we continue to see restaurants that close all the time. If Garment District has lost Just Pho, Bushwick has more losses - Sweet Chili and Onderdonk & Sons. Unfortunately, the last restaurant site is no longer available, so that you can check the Yelp page only as a memory of this great place.

So what is going next? Luckily, the pandemic is taken under control, which means people started to dine out more. This tendency is going to become stronger and stronger over time. With vaccination, people are not afraid to dine out anymore.

Most of the restaurants that were closed couldn't handle pandemic budget issues. Fortunately, now, it's a great time for restaurants to re-open and start over again. Pandemic thought restaurants to service clients not only in physical space but also via the delivery method. This new experience strengthens the new restaurant business that is going to appear now.

Final Thoughts

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many restaurants have started to close. One of the first closings were restaurant with affordable menu prices. While New Yorkers love to have such places, some restaurants couldn't overcome pandemic issues. Fortunately, with vaccination and control over the pandemic, the restaurant business is ready to start working again.

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