Vietnamese joint Pho 97 is on the opposite spectrum of the hipster scene in Chinatown: It’s a very pared-down local favorite with sparse décor, and the service is not particularly friendly. You come to Pho 97 for the food — especially the crabmeat noodles with fish balls, pig’s blood, shrimp, trotters and tomato. It’s so incredibly flavorful. The fried spring rolls are also excellent — perfectly crispy without feeling greasy. The most amazing part is that Cyn and I shared an order of small spring rolls and a bowl of noodles and the bill was only around $18 (before tip). Now how can you beat that?