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akmartin Jan 14, 2010 03:40 AM

Has anyone been here? What are the hours? Specifically, are they open on weekends?

Also, how does it compare to Baogette locations elsewhere in Manhattan?

Also, if I've never been to Baogette, what do I order my first time?

  1. janethepain Jan 14, 2010 05:42 AM

    Get the #1 regular banh mi to start. Haven't really noticed a difference with this Baoguette branch except that I thought the bread looked longer. The sandwiches are pretty big.

    There aren't that many items on the menu, so experiment.

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      ESNY Jan 14, 2010 06:13 AM

      The bread is definitely different from the Lexington location. A little softer crust. I noticed they use Tom Cat bread at Lex and saw some boxes from a different producer being delivered to the Maiden Lane location. Plus the Baoguette is $6 at Maiden Lane but only $5 at Lexington. On a positive note, if you get it spicy, they give more jalapenos at the Maiden Lane location. In recent weeks, the Lex shop has almost stopped giving jalapenos, relying almost solely on Sriracha.

    2. egit Jan 14, 2010 06:06 AM

      If you've never been to any of the Baoguettes, you should understand how they interpret "how spicy" question.

      The answers mean:
      No Spice = No Sriracha Sauce, no peppers
      Mild = Sriracha Only
      Medium = Sriracha and Sliced Jalapenos
      Hot = Sriracha and Thai hot peppers.

      So even if you order medium, they may put a lot of jalapenos which can vary widely in heat. A friend of mine (who can tolerate moderate spice) got the medium from the st marks location and declared it inedibly spicy. (I wasn't with him to advise simply taking out some the jalapenos).

      I normally order mild because jalapenos sometimes give me convuslive hiccoughs, then put some extra sriracha on after i get it.

      I have not been to the Maiden Lane location.

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        heWho Mar 18, 2010 01:28 PM

        Has anyone else had a banh mi from Baoguette with thai chillies? I've only been to the one on Lexington Ave, but I've been at least a dozen times and always get jalapenos when I order mine "spicy".

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          ESNY Mar 19, 2010 06:51 AM

          I've never heard this ordering system. I've been to both Lexington (dozens of times) and Maiden Lane (a handful) and they only ask "spicy" or "no spicy". I always order spicy even without being prompted. Out of all the baoguettes I've gotten, I think about half have had jalapenos and the other just had more sriracha.

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            egit Mar 19, 2010 10:16 AM

            I think I was in the St. Mark's location several months ago and the "spicy scheme" was printed somewhere. Maybe it was on the menu, or maybe on a little sign on the wall. Or, hey, for all I know I heard someone behind the register telling someone that's how it works there.

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              ESNY Mar 19, 2010 11:28 AM

              Next time I go to the Lexington branch, i'll order extra spicy. Hopefully it'll get my thai chiles and not just a cup of sriracha.

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        rieslinglover Jan 14, 2010 06:42 AM

        Hours are 10 to 5 on weekdays only. http://baoguette.com/locations

        And yes, prices for the Classic & Chicken are $1 more than at the other locations. I started a thread asking "why?". Didn't get any replies. That being said.....still damned good. I finally had a taste of the Spicy Beef Noodle Soup the other day and it was awesome. Not sure if $8 worth, but still pretty tasty.

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          janethepain Jan 14, 2010 07:22 AM

          oo wanted to take that out for lunch one time, but they ddin't have it :(

          is it properly portable?

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            egit Jan 14, 2010 07:41 AM

            I certainly don't Know why the prices are higher, but you may have answered the question yourself. If they're only open for 30 hours a week, they probably need to increase their margin on food costs-- the other stores are open 7 days a week with longer hours. Plus the rent in FiDi may be higher than it is at 25th and Lex.

            As ESNY suggested, if the bread is different and in fact larger, then you may be getting more sandwich for your $6 than you get farther uptown for only $5. Either way, a $6 lunch in FiDi isn't a bad deal.

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            akmartin Jan 14, 2010 10:45 AM

            Thanks everyone!

            Those hours are terrible for me since I LIVE in the Financial District but do not work there (or near any other Baogette location)! ::Sigh:: I will just have to come home early from work one day. :)

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              lanadai Jan 14, 2010 02:48 PM

              those are terrible hours, I can never go either since I live and don't work in the neighborhood. there are so many of us who live down here, they should extend their hours :(

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              Bone Thug n Hominy Jan 14, 2010 05:48 PM

              I went there during their opening week.. my sloppy bao (very spicy) was not quite up to par, or up to spiciness. It's still one of the best options in the area, and it could have just been opening issues.

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                pbjluver Jan 14, 2010 06:18 PM

                The higher price means that their overall costs have increased: i.e. different, bigger bread and also, probably a greedier landlord. Is the space the same as the Lex store?

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                  ESNY Jan 15, 2010 05:43 AM

                  Or it could be that they could get away with charging more. If you can increase your price 20% and not lose any business, why wouldn't you do it.

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                    rieslinglover Jan 18, 2010 12:08 PM

                    You both have a point regarding the higher price. Just found it odd that the increase is for only the Classic & Chicken bahn mi.

                    janethepain: The soup is indeed portable. Served in the same take-out container found in most other Chinese take-out shops.

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                vinouspleasure Feb 8, 2010 07:37 AM

                I had two great sandwiches there two weeks ago, last week the original was not as good. downhill already or is it just me?

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                  inclouds Mar 18, 2010 10:32 AM

                  The lines are long and the sandwich I had was only slightly better than Subway a few doors down. I ordered the Veguette, which is supposed to be like the #1 but with pork substitute, but all it had was a slice of cucumber over some white pasty spread and the soy protein. Upside is the bread was delicious. Better to get banh mi from the cart at Hanover Square if you're downtown.

                2. daffyduck Mar 20, 2010 11:54 AM

                  ive only been to the baogette at st marks place. ive only tried a couple of things there but i thought everything except the bahn mi was pretty mediocre. they will be serving shakes soon, actually they might already be. ive heard avocado shakes are good (i never had one) but i dont know if this place will do them well.

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                    windycity Mar 20, 2010 05:22 PM

                    Ditto the mediocrity of the Baoguette chain. I've been to the St Mark's and the lexington location, and I think part of the reason why it's been pretty successful is because it's been able to introduce bahn mi to a whole new audience. I don't know a lot of people from SF, LA, or Virginia who think much of the pho or bahn mi at Baogette. Also they've hit on a decent price point in a rough economy.

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