In my first review, I noted that their banh mi was pathetic and overpriced. However, I decided to give An Choi a second chance, mainly because their pho. I came as soon as they opened with two friends and sat in the semi-outdoor table in the front (the secret garden wasn’t open).
I ordered the Pho Bo (Beef Noodle Soup) for $10. The broth, infused with cinnamon, cloves, coriander, and anise, was mistakenly labeled as “hearty.” It was actually quite clear and delicately flavored, which isn’t a bad thing if you’re after a traditional style of pho. The rice noodles were limited, and I was done with them quite quickly. The slices of beef really should have been sliced thinner. I had my doubts about the freshness of the items in the plate of herbs (bean sprouts, basil etc.) as well.
An Choi might be a cool place to take your date for safe pho, but if you’re just hanging out and don’t have a need to impress someone with the decor and food price, head over to Chinatown. More food, better food, more money left over in your pocket. Service may not be as nice though.
An Choi ★★★☆☆
85 Orchard St (between Grand St & Broome St) map
New York, NY 10002
Neighborhood: Lower East Side