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Apr 8, 2009 08:27 AM

Bahn Mi New Additions - Any Feedback?

So according to both the NY and NY mag, Bahn mi are the trendiest new cheap food in NY, even though they've been around for ages. the NY article in which they are mentioned listed a bunch of places, many of which seemed new. Does anyone have any feedback or relative rankings for the following? any new stand outs (I think An Choi was reviewed favorably in another posting)?

AN CHOI 85 Orchard Street (Broome Street); (212) 226-3700.

BANH MI SAIGON BAKERY 138 Mott Street (Grand Street); (212) 941-1541.

BAOGUETTE 61 Lexington Avenue (25th Street); (212) 518-4089.

BAOGUETTE CAFE 37 St. Marks Place (Second Avenue); (347) 892-2614.

BA XUYEN 4222 Eighth Avenue (42nd Street), Sunset Park, Brooklyn; (718) 633-6601.

NHA TOI 160 Havemeyer Street (South Second Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn; (718) 599-1820.

NUM PANG 21 East 12th Street (University Place); (212) 255-3271.

PARIS SANDWICH BAKERY CAFE 113 Mott Street (Hester Street); (212) 226-7221.

SAU VOI CORP. 101 Lafayette Street (Walker Street); (212) 226-8184.

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  1. Here's a thread on Num Pang, which includes my review of it.

    1. Nicky's in the EV has always been a neighborhood staple. However they're a little on the small side... i've had much better.

      The new bahn mi cart in FiDi, which sometimes shows up on St Marks and 2nd Ave, is overpriced and not that great as well.

      Baoguette's, from what I had at the Village Voice Choice Eats, is pretty tasty. I've been meaning to pay them a visit and get a full sized bahn mi.

      For an awesome bahn mi alternative, you gotta check out the "Pho Real" at Sunny and Annie's Bodega on Ave B and 6th St. It sort of captures a lot of elements of a bowl of pho, such as the beefiness (roast beef), basil, sprouts, and hoisin and sriracha. Plus they throw in a generous helping of avocado and tomatoes. Really fresh, crunchy, and a huge sandwich for $6.

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      1. re: ExFlexitarian

        great tip on that "pho real" sandwich; wonder how it compares to An Choi's version. will def. check it out when I'm around.

        1. re: ExFlexitarian

          ExFlex... thanks for the recommendation for the Pho Real sandwich!
          Just tried it based on the above post. Quite yummy! Never had anything like it... have a feeling I'm gonna be eating quite a few of these in the future.
          Thanks again!

        2. I just had a catfish banh mi from the new Baoguette on St. Marks. It was very tasty.

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          1. re: eca

            I also just had the catfish banh mi at Baoguette and agree that it was quite tasty.

            1. Here's my feedback on the places I've tried from that list:

              BANH MI SAIGON BAKERY - my favorite bahn mi in the city. Very authentic, huge portion, good price, great flavor. The pork is really fantastic

              BAOGUETTE - a close 2nd. Less authentic, more modern, but really, really tasty. Great flavor combinations. Smaller size and less authentic than most.

              PARIS SANDWICH BAKERY CAFE - terrible. Bad flavors, bad ratio of meat to bread to veggies, just awful all around.

              SAU VOI CORP. - a complete hidden gem. The cheapest place I've found, though they're smaller than most. Also the best place I've found for meatball bahn mi

              Others Not Listed:
              NICKY's in the East Village - passable, but not worth a trip unless you're craving bahn mi in the area. Kind of a boring bahn mi

              BOI TO GO in Midtown - the worst of the lot by far. This isn't even passable as a bad midtown sandwich, let alone a bahn mi. Terrible bread, it's not a baguette, but a big, wide, soggy slice of Italian bread. Way, way over-stuffed with carrot and daikon. Bad meats, too much mayo, not enough cilantro, just awful. Not worth stopping in even if you have a major craving and are walking by one.

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              1. re: heWho

                Sorry to interrupt. I don't quite get why when you quote the names of these places, you use the correct spelling "banh", but when you do comment/opinion, you use "bahn"? Just curious, no offence intended.

                Second the vote for Banh Mi Saigon Bakery, love their classic banh mi. Funny, growing in Ha Noi I never liked the coldcuts, only, butter, pate, and dry pulled-pork (ruoc).