There’s a reason why this Vietnamese dive on Mott Street is perpetually packed: the pho is cheap, the broth is loaded with meaty, herbaceous flavor, and, for an extra buck or two, you can (and should) request a super-sized bowl. The move is to order the hard-to-come-by Vietnamese street food Bun Cha Ha Noi, a DIY dish in which you'll manually combine a heaping pile of bun (rice noodles), a plate of crisp lettuce and fresh mint, and a bowl of grilled pork shoulder and cha (minced pork patties) in an aromatic broth of vinegar, sugar, and nuoc mam (fermented fish sauce). Need some tips on how to construct this comforting, salty-sweet bowl? The waiter will be happy to give you instructions.
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1. Pho Bang 157 Mott St, New York, NY 10013 (Nolita)