by Ian McNulty
The ranks of Uptown options for pho and banh mi have grown again with the recent opening of Pho-Noi-Viet.
Found in a newly-renovated storefront, Pho-Noi-Viet is a family-run restaurant from Kim and Vinh Vu. While it’s the couple’s first restaurant, Kim Vu’s cooking may already be familiar to those who have sipped late-night pho down in the Marigny.
In 2010, Vu helped open Pho King, a Vietnamese restaurant inside the Lost Love Lounge and run by Ariana Ybarra. It was later taken over by the Lost Love Lounge owners, who now run it and simply call it “the Vietnamese Kitchen at the Lost Love Lounge.”
Vinh Vu explains that the plan for Pho Noi Viet came about after he and his wife saw how popular Vietnamese food had become around New Orleans. They serve a traditional Vietnamese noodle-shop menu, with pho and other soups, spring rolls, banh mi and rice noodle salads.
The new eatery is the third Vietnamese restaurant to open Uptown in recent months, following Le Viet Café (2135 St. Charles Ave., 304-1339) and Magasin Café, where the traditional noodle shop menu gets some interesting updates.
Meanwhile, on Lee Circle, the upscale restaurant Tamarind by Dominique opened not far away on Lee Circle, where it blends Vietnamese flavors with contemporary Creole.
Pho-Noi-Viet is BYOB if you want to drink anything stronger than the potent French drip coffee. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner every day except Monday.
2005 Magazine St., 522-3399