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

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  1. Jessy wrote:

    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

    Posted 4.18.19 Reply
  2. This food looks so fresh and delicious! It’s making me hungry!


    Posted 4.18.19 Reply
  3. It is looking different to me because we don’t have this type of meal. Buon appetite!

    Posted 4.18.19 Reply
  4. Gemma wrote:

    Looks like a great place! Food looks delicious!

    Gemma x

    Posted 4.19.19 Reply
  5. Ooo I was actually craving pho the other day and this post reminded me. Time to go get pho!!

    Posted 4.19.19 Reply
  6. 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.

    Posted 4.19.19 Reply
  7. yuka wrote:

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

    Posted 4.19.19 Reply
  8. Jade Goddard wrote:

    Oh this lools yummy!

    Jadieegosh   Instagram

    Posted 4.20.19 Reply
  9. 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

    Posted 4.20.19 Reply
  10. ieyra h. wrote:

    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!!!

    Posted 4.20.19 Reply
  11. Nancy wrote:

    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 ♥

    Posted 4.21.19 Reply
  12. 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.

    Posted 4.21.19 Reply
  13. Nina wrote:

    Yum, love a good bowl of pho!
    xx- Nina

    Posted 4.21.19 Reply
  14. Marina W wrote:

    Love Pho, this place looks great 🙂

    – Marina W

    Posted 4.21.19 Reply
  15. jane wrote:

    The place looks amazing.
    Love all the photos.

    Much Love,

    Posted 4.22.19 Reply
  16. Anouk wrote:

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


    Posted 4.22.19 Reply
  17. Quinn wrote:

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


    Posted 4.22.19 Reply
  18. Nina wrote:

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

    Nina’s Style Blog

    Posted 4.22.19 Reply
  19. I love these photos and this review is great. The food looks so delicious and the atmosphere is amazing.

    Posted 4.22.19 Reply
  20. Vanessa wrote:

    Looks so delish!!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    Posted 4.23.19 Reply
  21. 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.


    Posted 4.23.19 Reply
  22. Ashley wrote:

    This looks amazing! Pho is so tasty!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    Posted 4.24.19 Reply
  23. Jenny wrote:

    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

    Posted 4.24.19 Reply
  24. Jessica wrote:

    Food looks amazingly delish! Also, wow, what a really cool place.
    Jessica |

    Posted 4.25.19 Reply
  25. Mercy wrote:

    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.

    Posted 4.26.19 Reply
  26. Radi wrote:

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

    Posted 4.26.19 Reply
  27. 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


    Posted 4.28.19 Reply
  28. Vanessa wrote:

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

    Posted 4.29.19 Reply
  29. Melissa Kacar wrote:

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

    Posted 5.1.19 Reply
  30. Filipa Jackson wrote:

    Oh i love pho, this is making me so hungry

    Filipa xxx
    Playing with Apparel

    Posted 5.1.19 Reply
  31. Lorna wrote:

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

    Posted 5.2.19 Reply
  32. Valerie wrote:

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

    Posted 5.8.19 Reply
  33. Sharon wrote:

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

    Posted 5.15.19 Reply
  34. Chynna wrote:

    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!

    Posted 5.15.19 Reply
  35. Jenny Yang wrote:

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

    Posted 5.16.19 Reply
  36. Mica wrote:

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

    Hope that you are having a nice weekend 🙂

    Posted 5.25.19 Reply


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