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Best Non-Pork Banh Mi SAndwiches

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Oliverstreet Mar 3, 2011 12:52 PM

I was a regular "#1 spicy" girl at Saigon Banh Mi, but I've recently given up pork, and am looking for other types of Vietnamese sandwiches. Does anyone have any good tofu, meatball, or ones made with non-dodgy chicken to recommend? I must say, I'm curious about the ones at Banh Mi Zon because they rated so highly on a SEcom roundup, although I've never heard them mentioned elsewhere.

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Banh Mi Zon
443 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

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    small h Mar 3, 2011 01:22 PM

    The Buddhist Delight at Banh Mi Saigon is pretty excellent, and huge.

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    Banh Mi Saigon
    198 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

    1. rose water Mar 3, 2011 05:41 PM

      It's been a long long since i've had either, but the veggie lemongrass "chicken" at banh mi so 1, and the portabello banh mi at nicky's are (were) both quite good

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      Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches
      150 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009

      1. Jess321 Mar 3, 2011 06:44 PM

        I love the chicken bahn mi at Bahn Mi Saigon-I order it every time. It's only $4.25, and it's huge! I always split one with a friend and then go down the street for bubble tea :)

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        Saigon Banh Mi 1
        369 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

        1. MWinston Mar 7, 2011 11:41 AM

          I've had a few of the sandwiches at Banh Mi Zon. All delicious, the Grilled Chicken is by far the best though. Highly recommended.

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          Banh Mi Zon
          443 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

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            stuartlafonda Mar 7, 2011 06:55 PM

            Am I to assume that you think the chicken at Saigon is dodgy? I would disagree and they have an off the printed menu item that I really like, the curry chicken Banh Mi. No number, just ask for it. Dark meat chicken, light glaze of mildly hot yellow curry.

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              thelobster Jun 4, 2011 08:07 AM

              14th Street Vanessa's sesame pancake veggie sandwich is incredibly tasty and quite a bargain. All of the basic elements of the bahn mi without the meat or the baguette. It also has the virtue of being easy to eat while walking. It is a standby at the beginning of an East Village tasting tour.

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              Vanessa's Dumplings
              220 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

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                MWinston Jun 10, 2011 05:02 PM

                The 14th Street location pales in comparison to the Chinatown location. Also, it's pretty tough to say its a banh mi or like a banh mi as it's missing most of the defining characteristics of a banh mi.

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                Vanessa's Dumpling House
                118 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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                hungrycomposer Jun 10, 2011 05:25 PM

                Good reports on Banh Mi Zon? I went there when they first opened and was underwhelmed. But I'd love to hear that it's worth another try. I'm from Philadelphia, where the standards for "Vietnamese hoagies" have been high for decades. I wish I could say the same for NYC.

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                Banh Mi Zon
                443 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

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                  AubWah Jun 12, 2011 01:34 PM

                  my advice to anyone reading this thread is to avoid the imposters and head to bahn mi saigon on grand street

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                  Banh Mi Saigon
                  198 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

                  1. Wilfrid Jun 12, 2011 03:10 PM

                    Num Pang just off University Place. Various fish options, duck and an excellent vegetarian cauliflower sandwich.

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                    Num Pang Sandwich Shop
                    21 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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