Pho Anh Dao, Chelsea
- andytee Apr 11, 2007 07:50 PM
I'm posting about this place (on the main drag of Broadway in Chelsea) mostly because there seems to be nothing about it on the site. Stopped in there today while wandering through the neighborhood for a quick meal - just iced coffee and Bun (rice noodles) with BBQ pork and eggrolls. Just had those two things, but actually liked them a good bit.
The place was interesting - somewhat seedy and really pushing a very cheap booze menu (cocktails for $3.25 and up) and its karaoke at nights. Doesn't seem like a good sign for food, but the Bun was generous and yummy.
Anyone else been there and have comments?
I'm a Chelsea native and have frequented this place a number of times. A bit of history: the place was originally called Wings, which had been in business for 40+ years up until approximately 5 years ago. Larry Wing -- the owner -- was a Chelsea icon. At one point it served some of the best Chinese food in the area. It began declining around 1992. My last visit to Wings was in 2000. When I entered Larry Wing was asleep in the waiting area. Needless to say, I only ordered a beer. Fast forward to Ahn Do: decent Vietnameese; very nice proprietors. I've had several rice dishes and all were good for a local quick fix. It's is the only Vietnameese joint in Chelsea. It's not my first choice, but when I get an urge for Vietnameese and am feeling lazy, it hits the spot.
I've been there a couple of times. I actually like the atmosphere even if it is a little seedy: it's such a change from Broadway on Chelsea it's like stepping into another world. Last time I had a rice plate with barbequed pork and lemongrass and my husband had a pho with meatballs and some kind of noodles. They were both really good and I had plenty to take home. We will definitely go back