Ever have a craving for something spicy, exotic, interesting to eat and delicious? Then you might just be craving a banh mi – a mouthwatering Vietnamese sandwich that’s made its way to the U.S. and is now popping up on menus at restaurants across the city. Want to try a banh mi to see what it tastes like – or need a banh mi fix for that craving? Check out the list below. These 6 Banh Mis are some of the best in the city – and you can have them brought right to your door!
The Brooklyn Standard is a bakery and deli in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The store has a ton of choices on the menu unrelated to Vietnamese food. But the real star here is the tofu banh mi. The sandwich features crispy friend tofu, a pickled daikon and carrot mixture, cilantro aioli, and a dash of chili. It’s served on a whole grain baguette.
Brindle Room is a small, trendy restaurant in the East Villlage. The restaurant has great choices, like a seared pepper steak sandwhich and a kale salad. But diners rave about the banh mi here, which is served in the traditional style with roast pork, liver pate, jalapeno, herbs and pickled vegetables. It’s served hot – temperature-wise, and spice level.
Delicatessen in Soho serves up “international comfort food.” One of these foods is a banh mi – served in their own variation, with marinated grilled pork shoulder, tempura shishito peppers, and house made seaweed. The sandwich is served with a side of wasabi chips, which lends just the right amount of spice and crunch to pair with the rich sandwich.
Looking for the real, authentic thing? Then check out V-Nam café, also in the East Village. V-Nam has a huge menu of Vietnamese favorites in addition to the banh mi. The sandwich is served with pate, terrine, pork roll, char siu pork, pickled daikon, carrots, cucumber, cilantro and jalapeno. There are other Banh Mi variations here, like the Banh Mi Ga – made with chicken, and the Banh Mi Bo – made with beef.
Okay, so it’s not quite a banh mi. But the Banh Mi Dog at Clarke’s Standard is worth tasting. It’s a hot dog, topped with shredded carrot, cucumber, cilantro, sriracha, mayo, and lime. There are a couple Clarke’s Standards around the city, so no matter where you are, you should be able to get your hands on one of these dogs.
Mooncake Foods specializes in Asian comfort food – and everything from the ambience to the menu fits right in that genre. The banh mi here is not to be missed. They call it the Spicy Tofu Banh Mi Hero, and it’s like a regular Banh Mi, just served with tofu on a regular American hero roll. You can also get it with American cheese, to make it even more like something mom would make at home.
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