It’s the best news the Wall Street crowd has had in months: A street vendor has begun hawking Vietnamese sandwiches from a cart. Hungry downtown workers are all over it, swarming in for their banh mi fix like panicky depositors outside a failing bank.
geeherman reports that the number two is unorthodox but delicious: grilled chicken and onion with a chile kick. ExFlexitarian recommends the number one, a more familiar pork combo. It’s not the best he’s had, but it’s still a welcome option in a banh mi–starved neighborhood. Other choices are meatball, sardine, vegetables, shredded chicken, pan-fried beef, and pork roll with egg. Sandwiches are made to order, so expect a wait. Summer rolls are skippable, ExFlexitarian advises.
In the brick-and-mortar banh mi category, the hound-endorsed Baoguette has rolled out another winner: the Sloppy Bao. Stuffed with spicy curry ground beef and green mango, it “blew away many Italian meatball parm sandwiches I’ve had,” says guttergourmet.
Vietnamese sandwich cart [Financial District]
Water and John streets (southwest corner), Manhattan
61 Lexington Avenue (between E. 25th and 26th streets), Manhattan