The Banh Mi is “all the rage” in NYC right now thanks to recent New York Magazine and NY Times features. I decided to try one of the “non traditional” suggestions in the recent New York Magazine article and boy, was I in for one TASTY TREAT!
Restaurant: Num Pang Sandwich Shop – 21 E. 12th St., NY NY 212.255.3271
Website/Menu here: http://www.numpangnyc.com/menu.html
Above: Hoisin Veal Meatball (w. jasmine rice, basil, stewed tomato) Banh Mi ($6.75), Grilled Corn with Chili Mayo and Coconut Flakes ($2.25) and Blood Orange Lemonade ($2.50). (Three tiny asian-looking trees courtesy the fancy florist for my office)
This sandwich rocked my late-friday-don’t-want-to-be-at-work socks off. The flavors in that tasty sandwich were incredible. Not traditional, but seriously amazing. The tender veal meatballs, fresh cilantro and veggies, and that chili mayo – DAMN! It seems pricey, since most Banh Mi’s run about $3.50 or less, but it was worth it. The corn was also good, but I was filled up on just the sandwich (Hey, I’m tiny). But I couldn’t resist, I love a corn-on-the-cob especially when there is some delicious sauce slathered all over it. The lemonade was also good, but you could live without it.
Next time I will try the peppercorn catfish. Mmmm.
If you’re headed there you can get it to go, or eat upstairs. It’s near Union Square on 12th b/w University and 5th Ave. Look for the line of people and you’ll be set.