They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch (especially in an expensive city like New York) but that is no longer true people, because we just found one—kind of. In this case, if you can finish a whopping six pounds of pho all to yourself then your lunch will be free.
Mi Noodle Bar is famous for their tasty bowls of Vietnamese noodle soup, pho. They’re also famous for their Supersize Mi challenge (10/10 puns) and it’s a competition that is not for the faint of stomach. To score your humongous bowl of pho for free you need to polish off three pounds of tapioca noodles, three pounds of beef balls, shank and flank, plus assorted toppings in under 90 minutes. But don’t worry, if it helps, you don’t have to finish the veal-bone broth.
If you do manage to conquer the bowl, you’ll also go up on their ‘Wall of Fame’, will score a free appetiser every time you visit them FOREVER and will receive $100 credit to come back and use at Mi Noodle Bar at a time when you’re more hungry. It’s a pretty good deal if you’re a big eater. But be warned—this challenge should not be taken lightly or you’ll be (rightfully) hit with a bill for the, frankly, very over the top meal. The price for not finishing is $65 USD.
If you want to try your tummy at the challenge, you need to call and tell them the day before, as the big bowl of goodness takes the restaurant an hour to prepare. Obviously, you can also bring your friends along and share the bowl together (you can’t win of course). For less ambitious folks they do serve regular pho as well as other dishes from different South East Asian countries. Many are made in traditional methods with plenty of different noodle choices, so you’ll be spoiled for choice either way.