This pedigreed Vietnamese fast food shop (owned by Michael Bao Huynh and his wife) whips up very respectable banh mi sandwiches;as long as you don't compare them to your favorite Chinatown banh mi. Baoguette's versions are more expensive and not quite as delicious. Still, the Flatiron area could use a good banh mi, and Baoguette is ably filling that need. Try the basic "baoguette," which excels in the meat division. The sandwich comes with three kinds of meat product: Luscious pulled pork shoulder, rich chicken liver pate, and a thin slice of pork terrine, a patchwork of translucent fat and pink meat. Cilantro and pickled daikon and carrot add zip. Slices of jalapeno are added on request. Also worth ordering: the spicy catfish sandwich. Summer rolls are ordinary.
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Almost a year ago to the day, Brooklyn offered us a banh mi feud between Hanco and Henry's, the latter of which was opened by a former employee of Hanco's and served a shamelessly identical menu. And now this August has given us Bao...