A Sandwich a Day: Pho Banh Mi at Nha Toi
In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
Fred, the owner of Nha Toi in Williamsburg, always has something interesting going on in the kitchen. The consistent high point of his inventive banh mi menu is the phở banh mi, which replaces the ham, pork, pate and pickled vegetables of a traditional Vietnamese sandwich with ingredients from an equally classic Vietnamese soup.
Chunks of beef brisket, stewed until fall-apart tender, are splashed with hoisin, then matched with cucumber, Thai basil, spicy mayo and just-cooked bean sprouts and stuffed into a toasted hero roll. Brilliantly conceived and charmingly executed, this is one of the best banh mi I've ever had, easily worth its $7 price tag. Start with a plate of summer rolls, accompany your food with the house's excellent limengrass soda, and stick around for whatever movie Fred has playing on the western wall for maximum flavor.