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.
We'd heard great things about the P.H.O. Real at Sunny and Annie's in the East Village—reader recommendations, various best-of-NYC lists, and New York Magazine's 101 Best Sandwiches all called out this sandwich as a can't miss, one that, New York said, "takes on the considerable challenge of reinterpreting a bowl of Vietnamese soup as a kaiser-roll sandwich and walks away with its head held high."
Points for any corner deli serving an ambitious (and seemingly infinite) sandwich menu 24/7. But the P.H.O. Real just didn't do it for us. On first bite, we got hit with a mouthful of hoisin sauce and sriracha. Then, after another bite, hoisin and sriracha... and wait, was that roast beef? Maybe under the hoisin and sriracha. Perhaps we were unlucky enough to get a woefully oversauced sandwich, but there was no way to appreciate the roast beef, avocado, or bean sprouts; even the cilantro was shouted down. You could have swapped out the beef for Camembert and anchovies and you still probably would've tasted hoisin and sriracha. May have been an off day, but we weren't inclined to run back and try again.
Sunny and Annie's
94 Avenue B, New York NY 10009 (map)