We're always on the lookout for good banh mi spots, so when we were up by the north end of Central Park in the fall looking for a late afternoon snack, we decided to stop by Saiguette, a place we had heard good things about.
Saiguette is a small Vietnamese spot with only a couple of seats, but they have a pretty extensive menu, including pho, bun, and banh mi. It was pretty crowded when we got there, so we just got a sandwich to share, figuring that would be easy to split at the counter.
There were a bunch of banh mi options but we decided to go with the grilled chicken tenderloin. The banh mi had the usual carrots, cucumber, cilantro, and jalapeño (don't remember any daikon), and a generous portion of chicken, which was so juicy and flavorful, and not the least bit dry. Although it wasn't our favorite chicken banh mi ever, it was certainly close and a very solid choice. We were actually surprised by how much we liked the chicken.
We really liked our lunch/snack at Saiguette and wish we lived closer so we could drop by more often for some Vietnamese food. But at least we know if we're in the neighborhood, there's a great place to stop by for banh mi!
Saiguette is located at 935 Columbus Avenue (at 106th Street/Duke Ellington Blvd).