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Posted by PhoRocks on 03/28/2009
The pho broth was really weak, and the shrimp in the spring rolls and vermicelli dish were tiny and chewy. They skimped on everything- from the little bites of beef in the pho, to the vermicelli dish full of cheap lettuce/veggies to make it appear larger. The service was just ok- the waiter was fine, but had a hard time understanding what we wanted to order (even while pointing to specific menu items). They didn't thank us on the way out, which is odd b/c it's just something I am used to. Bathrooms were really gross! Definitely head to Thai S'on, Nam Son or Pho Bang for great Vietnamese food and friendly service in C-town.
Posted by hunnyshere on 08/04/2007
Pho 89 gets an A+. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, if you need something just ask. Great food. I love the beef cubes and my kids love the chicken fried rice. It's very authentic. I discovered this place when a friend who is from Vietnam brought me here. Her whole family eats there all the time and they are very picky about their choices in China Town. Definitely get the value for your buck. Reasonably priced is the word! Now when we're in Manhattan, we head to Pho 89 for lunch or dinner. Definitely worth the travel.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/04/2006
Excellent food that is very authentic. If you want true Vietnamese food, this is the place to go. Viets will love this place to! The service is slightly better than what you usually expect in Chinatown and is alittle bit cleaner as well. I don't recommend the Pho (I'm still looking for a top-quality pho restaurant) but everything else on the menu is wonderful from the rice to noodle dishes.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/17/2004
I have been searching for the finest pho restaurant in New York City and this certainly is not it. There are a number of problems with this place: you don't have the choice of small/large bowl unless you order specific pho meals; the broth is rather weak; the meat is not especially tender and is rather scarce. I have not tried many other pho restaurants in Manhattan, but Nha Hang Pho Viet Huong had slightly better pho, though their meat was also paltry and not tender. I would reccomend choosing a pho restaurant at random over going to Pho 89, unless Manhattan has no good pho places.
Posted by may on 06/30/2004
this restuarant is truly spectacular. The food is great. I tried so many of their different foods and i love it! If your looking to eat somewhere and expect great taste this is definitely the place to go.
Posted by Miss Saigon on 05/12/2004
Located on the Lower East Side, under the Manhattan Bridge, this restaurant is hidden in a part of Chinatown many people tend to overlook. Growing up in a Vietnamese household and having traveled to Vietnam, I know what genuine Vietnamese food is and Pho 89 has it! Even my grandmother who is the pickiest thing on the face of the planet loves Pho 89. Food is absolutely fantabulous! Everything on the menu is scrumptuous, but my regular is a side of Cha Gio (spring rolls), a bowl of Pho (beef noodles), and a cup of Lemon Soda to complete the meal. Another favorite of mine is the Com Suon Cha, which is pork chops on top of rice with a piece of quiche. Service in Pho 89 is pretty decent. They're not always in your face asking how the meal is, but when you need something, they don't hesitate to give you what you want. Value is excellent! You definitely get more than what you pay. They are not stingy with meat! Atmosphere is nice and quiet. Family friendly, good for hanging out with one friend or a buncha friends!