PhoBar Opens in Chinatown, NY

by James Stevenson

Vietnamese Noodle Bar Debuts Exciting New Menu Items, Including Deconstructed Phở Pot and 25-Hour Broth

New York, NY (January 31, 2019) – Following the success of their first location in Greenwich Village, chef and owner Mike Khuu and co-owner Li Pien are thrilled to open the second outpost of PhoBar, a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant with a focus on phở, today in Chinatown (43 Mott Street; 212-267-5400; Incorporating thoughtful sourcing, quality ingredients and refined culinary techniques, PhoBar highlights the depth and complexity of the country’s traditional dishes.

Photo Credit: Molly Tavoletti

The Chinatown outpost features offerings exclusive to the location, including a Crazy Rich Broth with an unctuous and robust base using Angus prime beef bones sourced from Weichsel Beef/RFM — one of the oldest butchers in NYC — available in both 16- and 25-hour options for deeper flavor. The menu also features additional offerings like the Bún Bò Huế, with slow braised house brisket, sliced beef and Vietnamese ham with spicy beef and pork broth, as well as a Deconstructed Phở Pot, an innovative version of the soup complete with an individual tableside hot pot, designed to keep the broth at an optimal temperature without overcooking the noodles.

Photo Credit: Molly Tavoletti

The rest of the menu at PhoBar is centered around the eatery’s namesake and signature dish, phở, the rich and comforting rice noodle soup. Reinterpretations of classics include Grilled Lemongrass Chicken Phở, Slow Braised Brisket Phở, and Portobello Mushroom Phở. Signature dishes that take a bit more creative culinary license include Spicy Short Rib Phở, Snow Crab & Shrimp Riêu, Lobster Phở, and even Surf & Turf Phở. A variety of additional Vietnamese-inspired dishes include Fresh Summer Rolls, Chili Shrimp, and Young Papaya & Mango Salad, as well as versions of the traditional rice and vermicelli dishes Bún or Cơm, with options like Char-Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chops, Shaking Beef, and Fried Catfish, topped with scallions and fried shallots and served with a side of cucumbers, bean sprouts, lettuce, carrots, daikon, and Vietnamese chili sauce

Photo Credit: Molly Tavoletti

PhoBar’s beverage menu features wine as well as an Asian Beer Bar, highlighting an eclectic mix of beer from countries across the continent including Saigon, Asahi, Flying Horse, Kingfisher, and Hitachino. The menu will also feature non-alcoholic drinks such as an Iced Jasmine Green Tea with Longan Honey and housemade Vietnamese Coffee. PhoBar will introduce a menu of signature cocktails utilizing ingredients such as sugarcane, avocado, lychee, and passionfruit, shortly after opening.

Photo Credit: Molly Tavoletti

Designed by Mike Khuu, PhoBar’s 90-seat space was inspired by the vibrancy of retro Saigon,  incorporating vibrant colors and elements reminiscent of the country’s landscape like bamboo and jungle foliage in the chic and minimalistic space. In a nod to the restaurant’s signature dish (and the acclaimed 2018 film, Crazy Rich Asians), the space also boasts a custom-made neon sign that reads Crazy Rich Broth.

PhoBar officially opens today, Thursday, January 31, 2019. The restaurant is open from 11:00am – 11:00pm Monday through Sunday.

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