Baoguette’s new location. Photo: Melissa Hom
Eater points to some
bánh mì sliders mentioned in Wined & Dined’s brunch roundup and echoes Tom Colicchio in saying he’s “so over” the Vietnamese sandwich. With Baoguette 3 opening imminently, it seems like a good time to look back over two years of bánh mì buzz, to see just how we got here. Cue the Family Ties flashback music, folks — here’s your bánh mì timeline.
Momofuku Ssäm bar, then just a burrito bar during the day, features a bánh mì on its late-night menu.
Paris Sandwich Shop opens — the first bánh mì shop to have Yolato.
Newcomer Silent H’s “Polish bánh mì” is named Sandwich of the Week.
Boi to Go brings bánh mì to Turtle Bay.
Chinatown hole-in-the-wall Viet-Nam Banh Mi So 1 gets a renovation.
Sáu Voi Corp is named New York’s best under-$5 breakfast.
Tú Quynm Pharmacy loses its bánh mì counter (what were they thinking?).
Boi opens a midtown outpost.
Bánh Mì Saigon Bakery and Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich raise their prices by a game-changing 50 cents.
First word that Angelo Sosa is working on an Asian sandwich concept.
Seoul Station offers a Korean alternative.
Baoguette launches the first of what will be at least four stores serving “sloppy Baos.”
First word of a sleek newcomer, An Choi, and a new location of Hanco’s.
Bep, a pop-up café in Williamsburg, serves bánh mì.
Three words: bánh mì cart.
The Vietnamese sandwich finally arrives on Bedford Avenue.
Hanco’s and An Choi open. The $8 takeout bánh mì is born.
Num Pang offers a Cambodian alternative.
Baoguette opens its second location and plots a third, Angelo Sosa’s Xie Xie gets an opening date, and Williamsburg’s Nhà Tôi introduces the “Pho Bánh Mì”.
Citing Pegu Club’s fried-oyster bánh mì and Terroir’s mortadella-stuffed bánh mì Italiano, New York declares the bánh mì to be the new panino, and rounds up the city’s best.