Num Pang Midtown b/w Steve's Ice Cream
Num Pang in Midtown is a new Cambodian sandwich place. I'm sure all of you know the history behind the restaurant.
That being said, i've had 6 sandwiches (of 12) @ this point. My rankings
#1 (a) - the Pork Belly - some pretty big hunks of pork belly for 7.75
#1 (b) - Grilled Skirt Steak is also pretty generous, even though it clocks in @ 9 bucks
# 3 Coconut Tiger Shrimp - I was thinking this was going to be outback-ish, but they weren't. I think they were prepared in coconot milk and then dusted with coconut flakes, but don't quote me on that.
#4 - Roasted Salt and Pepper Japanese yam - Surprisingly good for a no-protein sandwich
Tied for 6th - the Grilled Khmer Sausage and the Grilled Spanish Mackerel. The sausage was fine, nothing to write home about. I really wanted to like the Mackerel, but it was tad dry.
I'll prolly knock out the catfish, brisket, chicken breast and maybe the pulled pork before I get something i've already had.
Bolstering all the sandwiches is some pretty hearty bread. And they all come with cucumber, pickled carrots, cilantro and chili mayo. Sometimes the carrots can make the sandwich a little sweet, but I like them. And all the sandwiches get a boost with the Sriacha.
The fruit salad is served in an unappetizing cardboard container, and the dressing is a tad strong. And for whatever reason I wasn't feeling the Papaya or the Lychee, both of which I buy fresh.
The market pickles (watermelon rind) are definitely designed with the Williamsburg set in mind, but it wasn't for me.
All in all one of the best things to happen to lunch in that area. And for the loc's, the line was long the 1st 2 days, but it's really manageable now. PPL order pretty quickly, and it doesn't take that long to get the sandwich. I wish they could teach all nyc businesses how to manage a line that well.
Steve's - resurrecting the mix in pioneer's name, they opened a spot on 42nd between Madison and ...? it's 4 E. 42nd.
I've never been to Steve's, but I have been to a lot of places that have ripped him off. Namely Houston's Marble Slab and Austin's Amy's Ice Cream. I've also been to a certain national chain whos name I will not utter.
So that's what I was expecting......didn't see a cold slab of anything while i was there. Maybe at some point in the future I can get Haribo Gummi Peaches mashed into my Kombucha sorbet, but it's another dream deferred.
Got there pretty late in the afternoon, but the place was well staffed.
Tried the Salty Caramel and 2 of the berry flavors, and just as I was going to Salty Caramel it up, the young lady ahead of me got the last scoop. I got the Blackberry/Honey which was really good. But they were charging gelato prices for ice cream. 4 bucks for 2 scoops. Do they not realize 31 flavors is on my block?
No ice cream sandwiches available yet, but they did have cookies.
For the interest of science, I went with the Chocolate/Hazelnut/Cardamom - The cashier said there was something "special" about the cookie, but as a West Indian, i'm very mindful of "special" cookies. Turns out it was something else WIA's Dad would have liked, it was Vegan!
And given that I don't ital at all, It was still very good.
thanks for reading,
Num Pang Sandwich Shop
140 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017
The grilled asparagus and scallions are excellent, good balance of texture and flavor with the salting and the grill char but more importantly the chimichurri or whatever sauce they dash on contrasts the asparagus with the right amount of oil and acidity. Also, grilled large scallions are always awesome. $6 is a bit much but you can almost make a meal out of it if they'd throw you a piece of bread or something.