Pho Bang Vietnamese
157 Mott Street
212 966 3797
There is a pretty good selection of Vietnamese food in New York City. One of my favorites is Pho Bang which has restaurants all over Chinatown in New York as well as Queens. I used to go to the one out in Elmhurst all the time when I was living out there a few years ago.
Today we ordered some of the basic classic Vietnamese dishes:
Beef Pho Noodles:
When it comes to pho, it’s really all about the broth. You need a flavorful broth that isn’t too salty, watery and gives a deep aroma that complements the noodles and the meats. Sometimes you’ll find broth that is just too watery and lacks any character.
The pork chops are also a great choice at Pho Bang:
These are glazed in honey and grilled over a hot flame to give it a smoky charred flavor to enhance the crispy coat of caramelized honey. You dip it in some spicy fish sauce to complete a full spectrum of flavor.
Lastly, we had some imperial rolls that were quite crispy and bursting with flavor in each bite. You wrap these in fresh crisp romaine lettuce.