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Pho Clement

Formica tables, fluorescent lighting, a mishmash of decor including a big-screen TV and an aquarium among the Asian tchotchkes: we don't come to Pho Clement for the surroundings, but for the delicious pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) and other simple dishes, available here in dazzling, inexpensive variety. There are 25 different phos on the menu — beef, chicken, and vegetarian —but you can design your own combination. Waitstaff will bring you a big bowl of broth, steam rising appetizingly from the surface, chock-full of rice noodles and chopped green onions, with your protein of choice atop. Add what you will from a side plate heaped with bean sprouts, fresh herbs, and lime wedges, and the many condiments (soy, Sriracha, hoisin, sesame oil) on the table. There are more than a hundred other dishes to explore, including some Chinese stir-fries; best bets include the Vietnamese roll platters.

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