21 E. 12th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. University Pl.
By nomfest on 9/23/2011
Yes it's more expensive than a grimy banh-mi cubbyhole on East Broadway, but it's still a good value. And the food is utterly delicious--the pork belly in particular. Ignore the hipster-foodies preoccupied with some misplaced notion of "authenticity," which appears to be the gastronomic variant of the phony working class sensibility they bring to all other aspects of their comfortably middle class lives. God forbid Southeast Asian food should ever be served outside the trappings of grinding poverty.
By Vivcioffi on 11/10/2011
So delicious. We used to live up the street, and have it regularly. We now drive over for a fix. Really fresh, superb sandwiches, no matter what you call them or where they are from. It's not Burger King, so you can't have it your way, but you know that right up front, signs are every where. If you have food issues, then clearly this is not the place for you. If you don't, the sandwiches and the corn are perfection as the they are and don't need any modification. Its basically a fast food place, so I don't need warm fuzzy people taking my order and handing me my change and my food.
By Webbie9324 on 9/13/2009
I find it interesting that the first two reviewers didn't like this place, especially since it's ridiculously delicious and very casual. They called it "pretentious", which seems a bit interesting since it's a hole-in-the-wall with seating upstairs. Also, they both mention asking for steak well done, which shows how much they know about good food. This place is delicious. Go for the pulled pork sandwich or the pork belly special, although they're all good, even the vegan cauliflower sandwich. They also make a blood orange lemonade which is definitely worth a try. Sometimes finding a seat can be an issue, but you can always take your sandwich and go sit in Union Square. Very casual with fantastic food.
By newyorknewyork9 on 6/3/2009
I don't write reviews, so excuse the brevity... But what is wrong with you people? This is one of the best sandwich places in New York, definitely the best near Union Square. I eat there weekly and have yet to be disappointed. The coconut shrimp and pork belly sandwich are favorites. The service is great, the sandwiches are inexpensive and incredibly tasty. This is the best take out in the neighborhood and I can't wait to try their restaurant.
By bugginboy on 10/2/2011
I will be the first to acknowledge that when this place first opened its "Soup Nazi" attitude towards allowing any customer requests was irritating and off-putting. I live near the Union Square branch and have seen over time that they their customer service has become more mellow and friendly. That's really a minor point compared to the consistent excellence of their sandwiches - the pulled pork is always moist and juicy and the pate sandwiches are great if messy. Plus I have to admit the ingredient combinations generally seem well though out and delicious and they always have a seasonal menu with new options to keep things fresh. A no-brainer if you happen to be in the area.
By chickenlover on 4/18/2009
Having passed by this place a couple of times, I decided to give it a try. The small menu is overpriced and pretentious. The steak sandwich I got was very undercooked to the point that it wasn't edible, so the second time I went, I asked them to do the steak well-done. They said "We don't do that." Hence the fact that I will not go there again. Who won't cook steak for a little longer? I'm paying almost $10 for a sandwich on the street.
By bornandraisedinnyc on 4/18/2009
Live right in the area, though my favorite vietnamese sandwich shops(and also the only ones worth going to) are Saigon on Mott and Broome (4. on average for a sandwich), and Nicky's on 2nd and A. On first sight this place is an eyesore, another wanna be trendy sandwich shop with a terrible color scheme and extremely tacky vibe. They will succeed because people don't care about all these things and will line up for fifteen minutes for an overpriced sandwich. I asked for a well done steak sandwich and when I thanked them for making it so they told me "You know you're ruining the flavor of the food" Thanks, well I won't go back, and neither should anyone. I'm tired of all these new places popping up in the neighborhood that get written up simply for the fact that they are new and there is nothing better to write about. Don't waste your time, support the real vietnamese sandwiches not people who are exploiting their traditional food (calling it cambodian when we really know what it is) and charging more than double for the same thing you can get elsewhere.