The missus, the little one, and I took a stroll on Sunday afternoon to sample the goods of this Vietnamese delight. First let me say that the staff is incredibly friendly. While we were confusedly looking at the menu, the cook came over and took us under his gastronomic southeast Asian wing and suggested what turned out to be some fantastic dishes.
We split a big (enormous!) bowl of beef pho ($6.00), which is a delicious soup with noodles, incredibly thin and tender slices of beef (so thin and tender that our 18 month old gobbled them up greedily), and vegetables. I had a a pork banh mi (only $3.50), which is a sandwich stuffed with veggies, cilantro, pork leaf, and a spicy sauce on a crusty French baguette. The missus had bun thit nuong ($6.00), which is grilled pork with rice vermicelli and veggies. All three dishes were unbelievably good and large portions - well worth the walk over from Bedford Park. If you're out of walking distance, Pho Mien Tay is only a block south of the Kingsbridge Road 4 train stop. The food is worth the trip, people.
You should also try the Vietnamese iced coffee - it's strong, sweet, and reminded me of caffeinated chocolate milk, even though there is no chocolate in it.
The second best part of the dining experience (after the deliciousness, of course) is how affordable everything was. In total, with pho that could have served three people, a banh mi that was twice as large as I thought it would be (picture of banh mi shows half of the portion - hunger got the best of patience), a monster bowl of bun thit nuong, an iced coffee, and a soda cost only $18.25.
While you're over in this hood you should stop by the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage as well; it's right down Kingsbridge at the Concourse. Or you could go for a stroll in St. James Park, which is right next to Pho Mien Tay.
Pho Mien Tay is located at 2614 Jerome Avenue. Phone number is 718-220-8212 or 718-584-5228. They deliver. CASH ONLY, but they have an ATM onsite.