The first thing you notice about the Chinatown location of PhoBar is how fun the decor is. From the leaves on the ceiling to the neon sign and bold placemats, PhoBar is begging to be posted on Instagram in the best way. The interior was designed by chef and co-owner Mike Khuu and inspired by the vibrancy of retro Saigon.
Although you definitely came for the pho, don’t miss out on the appetizers including spring and summer rolls as well as wings and chili chicken or shrimp. Paired with their refreshing lemonade, those dishes could be a meal alone! If you’re going with a group, be sure to order one of the Bún or Com dishes, which consist of a flavorful protein or vegetables served over rice or noodles.
Now what you’ve been waiting for: the pho. If you’re in the mood for something simple, go for the classic beef or grilled lemongrass chicken versions. Amp up the flavor with a spicy version or by designing your own custom pho pot. The pho pot lets you choose between broths with different cooking times (including the insanely flavorful 25-hour crazy rich broth) and comes disassembled so diners get to cook their own ingredients at the table and mix and match their favorite toppings including bean sprouts, jalapeño, cilantro, and onions. By heating the broth and cooking the ingredients at the table, diners are able to customize their experience and cook each ingredient, including the noodles, to their desired doneness. As Chef Khuu says, “there is no right or wrong way to cook pho.”
If you’re going for the ultimate luxury dish, try the surf and turf pho, which features half a lobster and a bone-in short rib. We challenge you to finish the whole bowl!
43 Mott Street
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM Daily