Food / Restaurants


I was craving phở the other week, so we decided to check out Phobar in Chinatown (they also have a second location in Greenwich Village). Phobar is from the same owners of the really popular Saigon Shack, known for it’s good Vietnamese food at an affordable price point. I had only been to Saigon Shack once and I got the bánh mì during that visit, and while the sandwich was good, I had no idea what to expect with their phở.

Cute, trendy interior
Loved the typography on the placemats
A side of basil, bean sprouts, and lime to go with the phở

I got the Saigon Phở which came with beef balls, thinly sliced beef, and beef brisket. I loved the beef balls the best and I think next time, I will probably just order the beef ball phở. The broth was really rich and fatty. You can even see in the photos how fatty it was (whether that’s good or bad, that’s up to personal preference).

I loved the generous addition of green onions, cilantro, and white onions for some freshness to go with the richness of the broth. The noodles were a bit chewier and firmer than other places I’ve been to, and I liked the added texture.

I didn’t take a photograph of this, but they had chili oil on the side that you could add to the broth (or any other food that you get). The chili oil was really fragrant and added a nice heat.

Would I go again? Yes! The quality of the broth, noodles, and meat are great for the price point. They also have options of some fancier phở, like lobster phở. Or if you want to stick with a beef based broth, you can also upgrade your broth to the “Crazy Rich Broth” which has been cooked for 24 hours as opposed to the standard 8 hours.

43 Mott St.
New York, New York 10013


  • Jessy
    April 18, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    omg yumm!! i tried pho this past summer and wasnt really a fan cause it was so difficult to eat hahaha the meat pieces were enormous and full of fat…
    this one looks pretty different though hahah

    xoxo <3

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    April 18, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    This food looks so fresh and delicious! It’s making me hungry!


  • Recep Hilmi Tufan
    April 18, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    It is looking different to me because we don’t have this type of meal. Buon appetite!

  • Gemma
    April 19, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Looks like a great place! Food looks delicious!

    Gemma x

  • SundayDahlias
    April 19, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Ooo I was actually craving pho the other day and this post reminded me. Time to go get pho!!

  • Rowena @ rolala loves
    April 19, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    We went the first week they opened and thought the pho/broth was really good. We’ve done takeout a few times since then and I hope they get their delivery set up soon.

  • yuka
    April 19, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    omg that makes my mouth water!! looks so good!

  • Jade Goddard
    April 20, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Oh this lools yummy!

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  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    April 20, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    ahahh love the name Crazy Rich Broth! I’m glad I had pho for lunch today, otherwise I’d be having serious cravings reading your blog post at 11:30PM!! …Actually now I’m thinking about how delicious my pho was and I want it again….. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • ieyra h.
    April 20, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    It’s actually hard to find a good pho place in my country but pho is delicious! I had several of it during my trip to Vietnam. Love!!!

  • Nancy
    April 21, 2019 at 12:08 am

    You can never go wrong with pho! Mmmm, your bowl of pho looks delicious! I love how rich the broth looks as well. YESSS ON THOSE GREEN ONIONS! Glad you enjoyed your time there! Haha, I like the name, crazy rich broth!

    Nancy ♥

  • Julie | This Main Line Life
    April 21, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I absolutely LOVE Pho. There’s a Thai place near me that I go to with my other Mom friends and we all get pho.

  • Nina
    April 21, 2019 at 7:34 pm
  • Marina W
    April 21, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Love Pho, this place looks great 🙂

    – Marina W

  • jane
    April 22, 2019 at 12:47 am

    The place looks amazing.
    Love all the photos.

    Much Love,

  • Anouk
    April 22, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Looks good! Might give it a try next time I’m in NYC.


  • Quinn
    April 22, 2019 at 5:37 am

    I’ve never had pho – can you believe it? That chili oil sounds amazing – I’d like to put it on pasta!


  • Nina
    April 22, 2019 at 11:19 am

    The food looks delicious. I’m glad you enjoyed your meal. xx

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  • heather noire
    April 22, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    I love these photos and this review is great. The food looks so delicious and the atmosphere is amazing.

  • Vanessa
    April 23, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Looks so delish!!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Atsuna Matsui
    April 23, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    There’s also a lot of Vietnamese places and Pho places around Chinatown in Downtown LA and I really enjoying them. I love how lightweight Vietnamese food is and I never get tired of eating it.


  • Ashley
    April 24, 2019 at 9:29 am

    This looks amazing! Pho is so tasty!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Jenny
    April 24, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Ooh wow I love fatty broths and this looks so delicious! For some reason my friends in New York always complained about the lack of good pho there, so that’s something they’d always eat when they visit DC. Is this a new place that recently opened up?

    Geeky Posh

    • Mai Nguyen
      June 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm

      I think it opened up sometime last year, but I hadn’t had a chance to check it out yet! I’m also from the DC area and I much prefer the pho back there, but this is a great place to hold me over in the meantime, haha.

  • Jessica
    April 25, 2019 at 5:26 am

    Food looks amazingly delish! Also, wow, what a really cool place.
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  • Mercy
    April 26, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Looks really good! I like a good bowl of pho although there are only a handful of Vietnamese shops in Sydney where I like this kind of food. But my favourite Vietnamese food anytime is still the broken rice with pork chop.

  • Radi
    April 26, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Yumm… noodles! The food and this place look wonderful.

  • sonia // daring coco
    April 28, 2019 at 2:17 am

    That bowl of pho looks so good, though I’m not a fan of “fatty” flavours so I’m not sure this would be appetising for me


  • Vanessa
    April 29, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Looks delish!! Glad you enjoyed!
    Happy Monday, babe!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Melissa Kacar
    May 1, 2019 at 3:07 am

    This looks so delicious! I’m gonna have to check it out next time I’m in NYC! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Filipa Jackson
    May 1, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Oh i love pho, this is making me so hungry

    Filipa xxx
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  • Lorna
    May 2, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Wow it looks lovely, and the food looks delicious!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • Valerie
    May 8, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    I love pho, and this looks amazing! I would love to visit this place someday! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sharon
    May 15, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Omg this looks yum! To be honest I’ve never tried Viatnamese food (I know, I’m sorry), but really want to try now! 🙂

  • Chynna
    May 15, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    My dumbass thought this was in London because I saw Chinatown and Greenwich, both of which we have over here and I got super excited thinking I need to add this place to my list! Hahaha. I still do need to add this place to my list, though, because I love pho and I really want to go back to New York! The food looks delicious!

  • Jenny Yang
    May 16, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I am in love with pho!! and these shots are making me DROOL!
    xx jen

  • Mica
    May 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    It looks so good! It’s great you want to go back again 🙂

    Hope that you are having a nice weekend 🙂

  • Nicole Gramcko
    June 3, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Definitely have to try this next time I’m in NY!!

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  • Elise
    June 5, 2019 at 7:06 am

    pho is probably the only thing i’ll be familiar with if i go to vietnamese restaurant — which i barely do because i just don’t know what to get from vietnamese cuisine 😛 but even then i have a hard time justifying pho because it reminds me of the classic rice noodle served in broth and with fish balls in typical chinese restaurant hahaha so when i start to think like that, i end up not going to any vietnamese restaurant :))

    • Mai Nguyen
      June 18, 2019 at 5:51 am

      That makes sense! I grew up eating pho, so it’s a comfort food for me, so it’s not as hard for me to justify ?

  • Simply Avalon
    June 5, 2019 at 9:38 am

    That pho makes me so hungry! It looks absolutely delicious! I can only imagine how that Crazy Rich broth tastes like. Looks like I have another restaurant to visit when I return to New York.

    – Avalon from

  • rasya
    June 7, 2019 at 7:59 am

    I love pho! But I like it better when the noodle is a bit thinner.

  • Michael
    July 30, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    That pho looks amazing . You have some nice pics on your blog. Makes me miss New York


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