Monday, March 8, 2010

An Choi - Lower East Side

More banh mi? Sure, why not. This is a relatively new place on Orchard St. in the LES that specializes in Vietnamese street food, namely banh mi and pho noodles. Prices average around $8-$10 and are made fresh. Aside from the normal slew of banh mi choises: pork, chicken, and Viet meats with carrots and cilantro, An Choi offers some more eclectic flavors like sardines in tomato sauce, basil meatballs, portobellos and lemongrass tofu.

I wasn't blown away by the banh mi here, but still good stuff. I'd prefer the cheaper stuff at Saigon or Roots & Vines. An Choi does offer more Vietnamese specialties than both of those places though aside from the Pho and Banh Mi: check it.

The banh mi I had might not have been that amazing to me because it wasn't toasted and the wait was sort of long even though there was hardly anyone around. I think the bread was a bit too thick and blocked the flavor of the meat and veggies. I would suggest going for a hot banh mi if you head over to An Choi in this case. I got the cold cut mostly because I'm trying the cheap stuff. I'm always interested in the good cheap stuff.

85 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212 226 3700,

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