April 27, 2018
101 New World Way
South Plainfield, NJ
  • Cost: $$
  • Credit Cards: All Major
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Take Out: Yes

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April 27, 2018


Can’t decide between a traditional Jersey diner and a sports bar? Have a craving for Vietnamese food? Try South Plainfield’s Phở Today, the Jersey Vietnamese diner disguised as a sports bar.

Bún Thįt Nướng

This two-story restaurant sits between Route 287 and a Best Western Hotel. There are multiple comfortable seating areas, private event spaces, and yes, a “sports lounge.” The fact that Phở Today has a full bar immediately distinguishes this spot from just about every other Vietnamese restaurant in New Jersey, which are mostly BYO. And like any respectable Jersey diner menu, the Phở Today menu is huge. Instead of coffee and disco fries, this Jersey diner offers strong Vietnamese coffee and shrimp filled crepes.

Beef Jerky Papaya Salad

There are so many items, our server insisted that we order by number. Beyond the multiple bánh mì, phở, noodle and rice options, the menu includes main dishes like soft shell crab tempura, clay pot stewed fish and stir-fried goat curry. Try the grilled pork and spring rolls over vermicelli (bún thįt nướng), with shredded lettuce, pickled vegetables, and fish sauce (nuoc cham) for dipping. Even better is the beef jerky papaya salad – tart green papaya sticks soaked in lime juice, laced with a spicy chile paste, topped with shredded beef jerky, cilantro and chopped peanuts.

Thanks to Phở Today’s liquor license, you can wash this powerful appetizer down with a cold beer or a cocktail. Phở Today is a welcome newcomer to Middlesex County’s dynamic Asian food scene. Too bad it’s not open 24 hours.