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Aug 26, 2009 11:19 AM

My Mei Sum Failure

So, I thought today would be the day for my first ever banh mi. I walked over to Mei Sum from my office around 1:00pm and could not find this place for the life of me (using the address 40 Beach). At that address the only thing could have been this place was all closed up. Are these guys on vacation? Do they close early? Or did I just plain miss it? FYI, to get there I walked down Chauncey Street (from the Financial District) and took a right on Beach. As an aside, I then went to Mike's and they were out of the beef and the cold cuts did not look appetizing to me but I am not sure they would anywhere. Ended up getting a mighty good steak and cheese sandwich at Hot Tomatoes that I would call the best of its kind in the financial district (easily beating out Al's).

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  1. I don't know why all the online things say the address is 40 Beach Street. As this photo plainly shows, it's actually at 36 Beach Street:

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      ah! Then I did miss it. You posted the link to a picture from Yelp and I actually checked the address on Yelp before I left my office and interestingly enough, it says it is located at 40 Beach. When doing a google search, most sites on the first page say it is located at 40 Beach. Perhaps this thread will save others from making the same mistake I did.

      1. re: Gordough

        And the photo doesn't show it, but there is a sign in the window saying "Vietnamese Sandwich"...otherwise you'd never know it, even once inside the place.

        1. re: Gordough

          The picture really helps -- I mean look at the size of that awning! Not quite sure how you could miss it, but if you are looking for some non-descript hole in the wall I guess it's possible.

          Seriously that's a bummer Gordough -- Mei Sum is great, my favorite downtown. I'm glad you got something yummy instead.

          1. re: yumyum

            Yes, my fav too, and don't be scared of the cold cuts! They are really good, just Vietnamese versions of French pates and sausage....never regretted getting them and I think of them as the most basic (meat) version of banh mi.

            1. re: yumyum

              I think I missed it because I was set on 40 Beach Street and was not looking for a big red awning.

              and Zatan, pates scare me a bit which is probably why the cold cuts at Mike's scared me off. The woman in front of me at Mike's got the last beef sandwich before they ran out and it looked fantastic.

        2. love that bánh mì đặc biệt!

          1. First of all, their tofu banh mi is outstanding, I recommend you try it! And I wanted to add that every time I've been I have never seen anyone else order a banh mi. When you first walk in, you'll wonder "do they really make banh mi here?" But don't worry -- they'll fire up the toaster for you and make one happily. They usually assemble the banh mi toward the left if you're facing the counter, where that metal cart is on the end.