J, M, Z at Bowery; B, D at Grand St.
Bánh mì can be a budget lunch staple, and this little deli serves up some of the best around. The house special combines crumbled savory grilled pork with thin-sliced Vietnamese salami, matching the tender meats with crisp cucumbers, julienned carrots, and daikon radish as sprigs of fresh cilantro and a mayo-mustard dressing finish off the flavoring. The bread, a long baguette, reflects the French colonial influence, although its soft and chewy texture suggests an Italian roll, evidence, perhaps, of the shop’s proximity to Little Italy. Some fifteen versions of the sandwich are available, like a lemongrass beef topped with peanuts and caramelized onions. The bare-bones shop, which is takeout only, stocks its front counter with sides like summer rolls and banana leaves stuffed with rice and pork. Fresh juices and iced coffees are also available, but most customers are strictly here for the bánh mì.Recommended Dishes
House special bánh mì, $3.50; beef with lemongrass bánh mì, $4.25