An Choi

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76 Solid

A Vietnamese street-eats spot with standout pho.

85 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002


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The lowdown

At this Vietnamese street-eats spot, owner Tuan Bui has added items like beef carpaccio and prawn crackers, a grilled-tofu bánh mì, and desserts such as a coconut-caramel flan. This is on top of salads, Vietnamese sandwiches in the traditional style (the chicken-liver pâté and five-spice pork is made in-house) and one in the not-so-traditional style (made with barbecued pork from a hole-in-the-wall butcher in Chinatown; see it in our slideshow). One best bet at the enduringly great Lower East Side restaurant is its pho bo dac biet, which goes all-in on beef with oxtail and nearly raw slivers of flank, plus a bonanza of other cuts in texture-supplying supporting roles. (It should be mentioned, too, that An Choi’s bun bo hue nails a nifty balance of fat and body, thanks to lots of brisket and an array of alternatingly fatty and loaflike pork products.)

What you need to know

Recommended DishesPho bo dac biet; bun bo hue; the French dip bánh mì.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized