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.
The West Village's Saigon Shack carries an extensive selection of Vietnamese fare, from steaming bowls of pho to an enticing array of vermicelli noodle and fried rice dishes. But come lunch time, the crowd that descends on this little restaurant are fixated on one thing: banh mi. Saigon Shack's got the traditionalists covered, with the classic (Vietnamese ham, bacon pâté), which is undoubtedly quite tasty, but it's the more eclectic and curious riffs that have captured my attention, like this rotating weekly special: the crab cake banh mi ($9).
Nine dollars will buy you a generously portioned sandwich that's easily shared. Crispy crab cake is adorned with the usual suspects of carrot, daikon radish, cilantro, cucumber, and mayo. There's some unexpected heat from a few hidden slices of jalapeño. Top it with some sriracha—and a fried egg if you're feeling spontaneous—for a solid, delicious lunch.