while wandering around chinatown this morning i thought i'd pick up a bahn mi sandwich at VIETNAM but fyi -- they were closed up tight.
so INSTEAD i went to PHO BANC on bowery@chatham square. the bahn mi sandwich looks tasty on the picture in the window and it drew me in (but another fyi -- if you pass by walking inside it's not on the menu). a nice crusty bun held crinkle cut carrots, white radish and cucumber, some pickled orange bits, lots of cilantro, thin sliced pork on one side and pressed meat on the other. no mayo or pate. cost is $2.50. i'm glad it did not have mayo since dragged it around on a holiday gift seeking death march and still it was very good tonight. do keep them on your bahn mi radar. viet iced coffee was strong and fine too.
ah, NEW GREEN BO. i went with the intention of having one of their fabulous soups but instead i started with the old standby xiao long bao (i think?) aka soup buns. i had the first of the day and they hit the spot. another fyi to some -- the family was there, no evil waiter in sight.
i also had the tong po pork buns. never order this by yourself it's too much food but it is very good and fun to eat. you get several large sliced steamed buns and a big plate of thick tender mellow bbq pork pieces w/ sauteed spinach (the menu says bok choy so i was disappointed). so i think you put these in the kinda sweetish buns and make messy little sandwiches, which i thought would be great for kids to do while i was eating them. very filling.
oh, before i left the area i had a nice hot lemon/ginger/cider at MAY MAY BAKERY to walk around with. so if you are looking for something to eat and to do during the holidays, especially with children, these are some nice, inexpensive chinatown area options.