If you’re looking to have a great solo meal or a casual date with someone who you don’t know well enough to share food with yet, come eat pho at Pho Bar. The menu has a few different beef broth variations that correspond to how long they’ve been cooking (8, 16, and 25 hours). Which explains the neon sign on the wall that says “crazy rich broth,” and the 25-hour soup is predictably rich and beefy. In the event that you and your date do want to split something, though, make it an order of lemongrass chicken wings to start - they’re messy and coated in a sweet chili sauce.
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Golden Unicorn Restaurant
Golden Unicorn is a restaurant above a bank in Chinatown where you can eat some dim sum while a wedding reception is going down nearby.
456 Shanghai Cuisine
456 Shanghai is our Chinatown go-to for tiny dumplings, big bowls of noodles, and everything in between.
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Spicy Village is not a romantic date spot. Unless styrofoam dishware gets you all hot and bothered. Take your friends, bring a bottle of wine, and prepare to spend $10 a piece on some delicious Chinese grub.
Nha Trang One
On a block of Vietnamese places on Baxter Street in Chinatown, Nha Trang is our favorite for pho.
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