198 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
FOOD: 5 - Outstanding caramelized barbecue pork sandwiches
INTERIOR: 2 - Non-chic store counter appeal
VALUE: 5 - Under $6 per sandwich
ENGAGEMENT: 3 - Standard pleasant servers
SCORE: 15 - The tastiest Banh Mi sandwiches in New York
Since 1989, this authentic Vietnamese shop has been a beloved Chinatown institution. At its original location on Forsyth Street, they fed blue collar workers and hungry students before the hipsters discovered this gem. A no-frills sandwich shop in back of tiny storefront, it has two small countertops with a few chairs for those eating in.
Unlike standard banh mi sandwiches that just uses cold cuts, Saigon crafts their's with caramelized bits of pork. They start with a full length French baguette. Buttered and toasted with the pork, the bread is then filled with pickled vegetables. For $5.50 a sandwich, it's hard to go wrong. If you have an aversion to fish sauce, this sandwich is not for you. If you drink coffee try their Vietnamese iced coffee, it's strong, smooth and delicious.
Bánh Mì Saigon is a great place for a casual lunch. One can feed a family of four for under $30. Don't mind the jewelry counter on the left. Just keep walking to the back. Remember, it's the food that you're here for.
RESTAURANT CATEGORIES: Fine Dining (Full service with dress code); Casual (Table service); Quick Service (No table service, includes food carts and trucks). Ratings correspond with each restaurant type. A fine dining restaurant and a quick service restaurant that are both rated 5 in food does not imply their food quality and taste are of equal standings. But, they both do signify the best in their respective categories.
RATINGS: Ratings range from 0 to 5, with 0 being the least favorite and 5 representing the most favorite. The numbers embody the reviewer’s reflection of the food (quality and taste), interior (decor and sanitary), value (worthy of the cost), and engagement (service). These four elements are tallied to produce the score, with 0 the lowest to 20 being the highest score achievable.