by Michael Hsu, 01/29/2013 [Updated 12/21/2015]
Paris Sandwich. Photo: Alexander Thompson
113 Mott St., 212-226-7221
213 Grand St., 212-266-3828
There's more to Chinatown than Chinese food. You'll also find terrific Vietnamese spots scattered throughout the neighborhood. For a casual lunch, a bánh mì sandwich is hard to beat. These Vietnamese subs are filled with various meats—grilled pork, shredded chicken or even sardines—topped with fresh and pickled vegetables, garnished with cilantro and served on a long toasted roll. Many foodies hail the sandwiches at Bánh Mì Saigon Bakery as the best in the City. But for a more varied menu, check out Paris Sandwich. In addition to standard Vietnamese fare, the spot also makes a simple ham-and-cheese sandwich (on its signature Vietnamese roll, of course). The bánh kep—a sweet green-tea waffle—is a perfect midday snack, especially when paired with a cup of strong Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk. On hot days, try the nuoc da chanh muoi—an ice-cold salted lemonade.