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Sue Torres Goes to Co Ba to Heal Her Soul

New York City is home to a lot of restaurants, more than any rational human being can ever hope to dine at in their lifetime. Among that number are likely some hidden gems the majority of New Yorkers just aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food luminaries to share with us their under the radar recommendations.


Our latest suggestion comes from Sue Torres, the chef and owner of Chelsea's Sueños. Her selection isn't too far from her base of operations.

"My vote for off the grid restaurant is this little Vietnamese restaurant that opened just around the corner from Suenos, called Co Ba. My manager and I went there for lunch and had their Banh Mi to go. We ordered two different sandwiches, so we can share with a house salad. We were both pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Lots of flavors, great texture, fresh ingredients, quick service... it had it all. I am a firm believer that hot broth soups heal the soul and kick out the cold. On more than one occasion, when I'm coming down with something and going to my favorite place in Queens is not an option, I've had Co Ba's Pho Bo for a pick me up. This oxtail broth rice noodle soup has it all, from spicy chile sauces, to fresh herbs and crunchy fresh bean sprouts. (They give you sliced sirloin raw on the side to cook in your broth before eating.) I've never tried it but their clay-pot meals sound good as well."
—Gary Wong
· Co Ba [Official Site]
· Coverage of Sue Torres [~ENY~]

Co Ba

110 9th Avenue, New York, NY