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4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.
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Houston St. to 17th St., First Ave. to Eighth Ave.
One of the best things at the now-closed Kampuchea, New York’s Cambodian restaurant, was the sandwich known as num pang—essentially Vietnamese bánh mì by another name. With the opening of the restaurant’s sandwich-shop spinoff, Num Pang, the number of places to eat Cambodian food in the city doubles, and it’s safe to say that the ever popular bánh mì will begin to feel the heat of competition. The cheerful little café (which moved across the street) has some stools, a couple stand-up counters, and a rotating roster of sandwiches, from peppercorn catfish to hoisin meatballs ($8.75 to $13.25), served on toasted Parisi mini-baguettes with the usual pickled carrots, cilantro, cucumbers, and homemade chile-mayo.