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When glancing around Midtown's Hing Won Chinese Noodle Shop, banh mi are probably not the first dish that comes to mind. A long line wraps around the narrow space as hordes of office workers wait to fill styrofoam containers with MSG-doused meats, starch, and vegetables by the pound. Behind the cash register, however, there is a single poster, set apart from the backlit menu board, listing six banh mi sandwiches filled with Chinese meats—ditching the Vietnamese cold cuts and pâté for roast chicken, pork and duck.
The Banh Mi Vit Quay ($6.45) pairs the usual suspects (carrot, daikon, cucumber, cilantro) with small strips of sweet duck meat on a crunchy baguette. By itself, the duck is a bit rubbery (though pleasantly fatty and full of ducky flavor), but it works well within the sandwich, introducing novel flavors to the familiar banh mi framework. It also could have used a bit more jalapeño, as spicy bites were few and far between. Is this the best rendition we've had? Nope. But for a Midtown banh mi, we'll definitely take it.
48 West 48th St. b/w 5th and 6th Ave. New York, NY 10020 (map) 212-719-1451