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Feb 11, 2007 07:51 PM

Saigon Bakery has the #1 Banh Mi

I had to make a rant: I tried Banh Mi So today, and it was bad. Many people claim this to be the #1 Banh Mi joint in Manhattan, but I don't believe those people have ever been to Saigon Bakery. First of all, the banh mi at Banh Mi So was significantly smaller than the huge ones Saigon has that are enough to satisfy 2 people. Also, Banh Mi So's bread wasn't nearly as thick and fresh (leading to the issue of the sandwich not being big enough). I ordered a spicy chicken banh mi, and the chicken was salted way too heavily and was of pretty poor quality. Finally, the sauce they use is fairly heavy, kind of sweet stuff. Now don't get me wrong: 3.50 for a sandwich is still an incredible deal. I just don't see why people would go here when Saigon Bakery is right around the corner (on 138 Mott Street) and has much fresher, larger banh mi's. Enjoy!

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  1. Maybe for some bigger doesn't always equal better. I'm a Nicky's fan so what do I know.

    1. the top Banh Mi in the city right now is at Momofuku Ssam...hands down

      1. I have to agree with the original poster. And I noticed that Saigon Bakery recently added veggie, chicken, and meatball versions of their sandwiches which I'm dying to try..

        1. Hmm, have yet to try Momofuku Ssam. I didn't even know they had banh mi's. I'll definitely try them now! But I bet they're not as cheap as Saigon, and cheapness is a high priority for me.

          1. Is saigon bakery the one inside the jewelry store ? I've gotten prepackaged banh mi's from them and they're not that good. If they do it fresh I'm pretty sure it will be better but Banh mi so #1 on broome always makes it in front of you. I always get the #1, never tried spicy chicken. Ba xuyen in brooklyn a whole lot better than those 2 though.

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            1. re: randumbposter

              Yeah, that's the place. They've always made my sandwich for me while I waited, and it's always been delicious! I haven't been to Ba Xuyen, though, so I can't make that comparison.