Our Man Sietsema: 'A tour de force of dodgy pork parts'




Tara Engberg

This week, Sietsema sizes up the newest banh mi spot in town, Paris Sandwich, which reminds him of a similar L.A. setup: a baguette-ry and banh mi cafe all in one. As Sietsema explains, the bread at most of our beloved Vietnamese sandwich spots more closely resemble the Italian hero:

In downtown Manhattan, that meant torpedo-shaped Italian loaves, an iffy imitation of French bread that first appeared in New York in the 1920s, when the city was seized by a baguette craze. The typical New York banh mi is really a cross between a Vietnamese banh mi and an Italian hero.

When we tried Paris Sandwich for ourselves last month, we left griping about the price ($3.50), finding the bread too soft, and the fillings too skimpy. Soon after, we received a thoughtful comment (most of the comments we get involve the word "boobs") that recommended we give Paris another shot:

maybe you should give it another try. i said the same about the bread but i went two days ago and i would have to say its not soft like you said it was and the taste of the ingredients of the sandwich is delicious.

Posted by: Christopher at January 25, 2007 12:00 AM

Well, we haven't made it back yet, but an endorsement from a reader plus Sietsema means that bread must be pretty damn good. Weekend plans, finally made.

Paris Sandwich
113 Mott Street
212-226-7221


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