Banh Mi Saigon Bakery

★★★★☆
  • 198 Grand St

    New York, NY 10013

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  • 212-941-1541

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Mon-Sun: 8am-6pm

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My favorite was the #4 pate banh mi.

This place is really really random. It's really located inside a crystal store, almost like an afterthought. There are a few benches to sit in here, but don't mistake it for a sit-down restaurant, it's definitely built more for takeout service.

When I was there (a Saturday afternoon), it wasn't crowded at all although the phones rang quite often from customers that were placing carryout orders.

I tried both the saigon banh mi (pork) and the pate banh mi. You can request for it to be spicy (ie with Sirachai chili sauce) or not. The pork was good as everyone says, it's crumbs of jerky-like pork meat, slightly sweet, slightly chewy and plenty of tangy-sweet pickled radish and carrot slivers, fresh cucumbers and coriander. I think they put some mayo too. The pate banh mi had the same veggie filling but instead of pork, it's a few thin slices of ham and a spread of pate. I liked the pate they used, it was clearly a pork pate but it was quite smooth and creamy and had a very nice taste of freshly cracked black pepper in it too.

The best thing about the banh mi here is that they're generous with their ingredients, the salty fillings are perfectly contrasted with the fresh and pickled veggies. The bread is also very crusty and satisfying. And it's all so cheap!

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★★★★☆

My favorite was the #4 pate banh mi.

This place is really really random. It's really located inside a crystal store, almost like an afterthought. There are a few benches to sit in here, but don't mistake it for a sit-down restaurant, it's definitely built more for takeout service.

When I was there (a Saturday afternoon), it wasn't crowded at all although the phones rang quite often from customers that were placing carryout orders.

I tried both the saigon banh mi (pork) and the pate banh mi. You can request for it to be spicy (ie with Sirachai chili sauce) or not. The pork was good as everyone says, it's crumbs of jerky-like pork meat, slightly sweet, slightly chewy and plenty of tangy-sweet pickled radish and carrot slivers, fresh cucumbers and coriander. I think they put some mayo too. The pate banh mi had the same veggie filling but instead of pork, it's a few thin slices of ham and a spread of pate. I liked the pate they used, it was clearly a pork pate but it was quite smooth and creamy and had a very nice taste of freshly cracked black pepper in it too.

The best thing about the banh mi here is that they're generous with their ingredients, the salty fillings are perfectly contrasted with the fresh and pickled veggies. The bread is also very crusty and satisfying. And it's all so cheap!

Pros: Great bread, lots of veggies with your selected fillings

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So fresh and such an amazing deal! All of the ingredients are of high quality, and the best part is the very thick crusty on the outside soft on the inside baguette they use! I hear Momofuku Ssam's banh mi is good, but if you want a cheap (under $4) sandwich from a tiny more "authentic" feeling place in Chinatown, go to Saigon. They have different varieties too of pork, chicken, meatball, vegetarian.... The people there are nice too. Also the sandwiches are so big that one could be enough for 2, lowering your lunch bill to a paltry 2 bucks.

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★★★★☆

So fresh and such an amazing deal! All of the ingredients are of high quality, and the best part is the very thick crusty on the outside soft on the inside baguette they use! I hear Momofuku Ssam's banh mi is good, but if you want a cheap (under $4) sandwich from a tiny more "authentic" feeling place in Chinatown, go to Saigon. They have different varieties too of pork, chicken, meatball, vegetarian.... The people there are nice too. Also the sandwiches are so big that one could be enough for 2, lowering your lunch bill to a paltry 2 bucks.

Pros: quality, taste, price

Cons: atmostphere (it's in the back of a jewelry shop). The line can get long around lunch and over weekends.

 

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