This week in Banh Mi’s, we took a little stroll from new-school to old stand-by. First, Paris Sandwich, a sparkly new Vietnamese bakery/café on Mott Street, which declares its bahn mi “the finest Euro-Asian Sandwich in New York.” Unfortunately, we have to disagree. The bread is baked on the premises, which is pretty special, but it was too soft, and the fillings were quite skimpy. The banh mi, at $3.50, is cheap in the grand scheme of sandwiches, but in banh mi land, it’s a downright fortune. The place only opened on December 26th, so we won’t write it off just yet. The menu also includes appetizers, pastries, rice and noodle dishes, and many sweets.
A few blocks away, at old reliable Banh Mi So 1, we got our crunch back, our spice back, and a filling lunch out of what looks like a shabby little grocery store. At lunch hour, there were a few people waiting, and there could have been a little more care in the preparation (almost choked on a long cilantro stem), but for $2.75, that’s still a lot more like it.
between Canal and Hester
113 Mott Street
Banh Mi So 1
369 Broome Street
between Mott and Elizabeth
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 12, 2007