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Apr 16, 2007 11:09 AM

Banh Mi?

Where exactly can I get good, authentic Vietnamese sandwiches? Addresses or cross streets, please. Looking to relive my childhood in New York. Thanks!

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    1. You can probably find lots of posts on this, in fact there's been something of a banh mi blitz on chowhound lately! :)
      But my favorite banh mi under $4 is Bánh Mì Saigon Bakery on 138 Mott and my favorite
      banh mi under $10 is Momofuku Ssam on 13th and 2nd.

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      1. re: lchang

        Second Saigon. Go at lunchtime, as evening is uncertain and probably not as fresh.

        1. re: lchang

          Okay, I went on a banh mi blitz a few months ago, and here's what I came up with:

          Ba Xuyên - I know it's far, but trust me it's worth it!
          Pho Saigon - in Chinatown, Bowery just south of Canal, I like the BBQ pork banh mi
          Sau Voi Corp

        2. i actually prefer nicky's vietnamese sandwiches on 2nd street off ave a over banh mi so 1 on broome east of mott.

          i think the banh mi at ssam bar absolutely is the best though.

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          1. re: sam1

            I've only had each of them once, but I would say Nicky's is my #1, Saigon Bakery #2, Ssam Bar #3.

              1. re: psawce

                Nicky's isn't the best for veggie banh mi, IMO. For once, I think the meat substitutes work better than portobello mushrooms, and Nicky's only uses the latter.

                Of course, I can't speak for the meat sandwiches. It may be that Nicky's rules for these guys.

                1. re: piccola

                  Nope. I think their mushroom sandwich is better than their others. My favorite of the veggie banh mi options is the one with seaweed and other goodies at Banh Mi So 1, then Nicky's portobello, then Saigon Banh Mi's tofu vegetable sandwich. My favorite overall Manhattan banh mi is the saigon pork, spicy, no mayo.

            1. re: sam1

              Momofuku Ssam's banh mi is spectacular, but authentic it ain't.

              1. re: Mazzer

                Saigon Banh Mi's still reigns supreme. Haven't tried Momofuku Ssam's banh mi yet but heard great reviews.

                1. re: smon320

                  I adore Momofuku's banh mi. It is very pricey and small, but very delicious. Saigon is a second, though I had a pretty dry and flavorless one this week. I then put Nicky's and Number 1third and fourth.

                  1. re: smon320

                    if momofuki's banh mi is what you like then try fatty crab , its malaysian food but their banh mi is as good as momofuko..also Province on church st has a few different kinds from pork shoulder to spicy fish

                  2. re: Mazzer

                    "Momofuku Ssam's banh mi" is tiny and pricey. I live on that block and still order Nicky's delivery. If your going to by the hype of Momofuku Ssam, I would try something more adventure-some and get you banh mi craving filled at Nicky's. We really need a good banh mi shop in midtown for my lunch time pleasure too.

                    1. re: josefr

                      Actually, one just opened in east midtown - Boi to go. I've never been, but looking at the menu, it's a pretty pricy bahn mi - $7ish

                2. Count me in as a dissenting opinion on saigon. I really like vietnam banh mi better on broome and mott. and i had the ssam banh mi last night, which is interesting, but three times the price, half the size and not authentic.

                  1. it sounds shady, but i really like the one at the vietnamese video/underwear store on lafayette st., about 2 blocks south of canal, SE corner.

                    unfortunately, i dont remember the name (or even if they have a name).

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                    1. re: Get In My Belly

                      Haha yeah, it's called Sau Voi Corp. (or at least has those bits in its real name) or something. I used to get bahn mi from there too, pretty cheap and good. I found Bahn Mi So No. 1 a little too greasy for my tastes.

                      1. re: janethepain

                        i like the abovementioned catch-all store's banh mi a lot as well. So No 1 is probably my favorite, and Nicky's, in my opinion, just doesn't cut it. not terrible, just a little less oomph.

                        1. re: david sprague

                          No. 1 is my favorite as well because they are freshly made.

                          1. re: david sprague

                            I actually found my experience to be the opposite. Maybe i went on a bad day, but my banh mi from So No 1 was rather flavorless and the bread was a bit stale. I've been going to Nicky's ever since. Maybe I should try No 1 again.

                        2. re: Get In My Belly

                          People put Sau Voi low on their list of favorite Banh Mi but I like them. Smaller than Saigon perhaps but quite tasty and not as hit and miss, depending on the time of day, as Saigon (which admittedly can be great). And the store is so sketchy and weird that you feel so "ethnic" because you had the nerve to walk in and actually eat food from this place.

                          1. re: addictedtolunch

                            I'd go for Saigon Bakery for the classic (#1) and Nicky's for the porkchop and sardines!