Right up there with coffee and pizza, Vietnamese pho and banh mi have become staples of the New Yorker’s diet. From cult-favorite sandwich shops to upscale sit-down restaurants, there are plenty of places to get in on this new classic cuisine. The next time you’re craving comfort, grab a table at one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in New York City.
Bánh Mì Saigon
Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, Vietnamese, $$$
Little Italy’s Bánh Mì Saigon
has been making traditional Vietnamese sandwiches, or banh mi, since 1989. Nearly three decades and 1,330 Yelp reviews later, the casual counter is now a cult favorite for house-made baguettes loaded with Vietnamese ham and pâté, beef stew, mixed vegetables, and more.
Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
A dish at District Saigon | © District Saigon
The contemporary menu at Astoria’s District Saigon
is best perused with a Vietnamese-inspired cocktail in hand. Here, brunch consists of banh mi bursting with steak and eggs, and bar snacks entail Vietnamese-spiced fries with barbecue peanuts and avocado mayo. Also, notoriously meat-heavy pho is made vegan to great effect.
Restaurant, Vietnamese, Thai, $$$