This no-frills Vietnamese sandwich joint is pretty legit.
They even have the jewelry case in the front of the restaurant as you walk in, which seems to be a somewhat common occurrence in NYC Vietnamese sub shops.
The banh mi were packed with meat. We tried both the classic bologna pate and the chicken. Of the two, my favorite was the chicken. It was nicely marinated in herbs and spices like lemongrass, and the meat was soft and flavorful. The pickled veggies were shredded and remained crunchy, though the cucumbers should have been cut down a bit thinner, with the skin removed.
The bread was super crispy, tearing the roof of my mouth up, but such is the life of a banh mi fanatic.
BANH MI SAIGON
198 Grand St
New York, NY 10013