Our Man Sietsema: ‘A tour de force of dodgy pork parts’


Tara Engberg

This week, Sietsema sizes up the newest banh mi spot in town, Paris Sandwich, which reminds him of a similar L.A. setup: a baguette-ry and banh mi cafe all in one. As Sietsema explains, the bread at most of our beloved Vietnamese sandwich spots more closely resemble the Italian hero:

In downtown Manhattan, that meant torpedo-shaped Italian loaves, an iffy imitation of French bread that first appeared in New York in the 1920s, when the city was seized by a baguette craze. The typical New York banh mi is really a cross between a Vietnamese banh mi and an Italian hero.

When we tried Paris Sandwich for ourselves last month, we left griping about the price ($3.50), finding the bread too soft, and the fillings too skimpy. Soon after, we received a thoughtful comment (most of the comments we get involve the word “boobs”) that recommended we give Paris another shot:

maybe you should give it another try. i said the same about the bread but i went two days ago and i would have to say its not soft like you said it was and the taste of the ingredients of the sandwich is delicious.

Posted by: Christopher at January 25, 2007 12:00 AM

Well, we haven’t made it back yet, but an endorsement from a reader plus Sietsema means that bread must be pretty damn good. Weekend plans, finally made.

Paris Sandwich

113 Mott Street


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 16, 2007

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