A Sandwich A Day: Chicken Banh Mi at Má Pêche

A Sandwich a Day

A new sandwich every day.

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.


[Photo: Robyn Lee]

The chicken banh mi ($10, drink included) at Má Pêche is a good sandwich, but a bánh mì, it is not. There is a pile of julienned carrots, lightly pickled, though I found no evidence of the mint and daikon that were promised. But since when does a sandwich need a perfect pedigree to be enjoyable?

Even the chicken doesn't look like chicken. In a whimsical imitation of imitation meat, the chicken is ground up, delicately perfumed with lemon grass, and formed into a square patty that looks exactly like tofu. You could call it Mock Tofu, or perhaps Mock Chicken Bánh Mì, but when the sandwich christening is finished, I will happily call it lunch.

Má Pêche

15 West 56th Street (between 5th and 6th), New York NY 10019 (map)