Food reviewers have regularly sneered at Upper West Side restaurants, because they don’t serve the kind of cutting edge molecular gastronomy fusion la-di-da that they’re used to on the Lower East Side.
But one new restaurant is apparently turning heads among the foodie set. Eater’s Robert Sietsema (who, to be fair, seems like a very down-to-earth dude) says Two Wheels, the new Vietnamese spot at 426 Amsterdam Avenue between 80th and 81st streets, is an “unusually hip” spot to get really good pho, a traditional Vietnamese soup.
Two Wheels is a relatively small restaurant with a line of square tables along one wall. There are dishes like banh mi sandwiches and Vietnamese wings, but the standout dish appears to be pho. And Two Wheels’ pho is particularly tasty because of the high quality of the meats, Sietsema writes.
“Vu’s deluxe pho instead features raw steak, sirloin, brisket, and meatballs. The brisket is shredded rather than sliced, and the meatball is not the usual pounded beef ball, but a meatball like something you might find in an Italian hero, though minus the herbs. It seems like this pho is being groomed for popularity. Another, simpler version is available for $11.95 and $13.95, the prices representing a choice of one meat or two meats.”