Restaurants are best compared to wines. The longer they age, the more distinguished and desirable their food tastes. Having surpassed the typical two-year existence of most restaurants, Vietnamese mainstay Bao Noodles is one of these distinguished restaurants, having aged with rich and delicious tastes. Serving homestyle Vietnamese dishes, and as purveyors of banh mi in New York City, Bao Noodles has remained open for nearly a decade being one of New York's best Vietnamese restaurants.
Owners and banh mi pioneers, Chris Andrews and Chris Johnson are no newbies to the New York restaurant world. After successfully launching and running their Vietnamese masterpiece Bao 111, the two ventured into yet another restaurant experiment. This time, this Bao would serve up homestyle meals, beckoning families and friends to relive and savor Vietnam's premier dishes.
One of the spot's signature dish, banh mi is a traditional Vietnamese sandwich served on a fresh baguette-style bread. While many NYC restaurants, particularly Vietnamese restaurants, serve banh mi, Bao Noodles embraced the dish long before the rest. With nine years of banh mi making experience, Bao Noodles not only makes it, but perfects it serving eight varieties of the sandwich.
Choose from the Banh Mi Thit Pâté (Pâté and Vietnamese coldcut sandwich), Banh Mi Thit Nuong (Grilled Pork sandwich), Banh Mi Tom Nuong (Grilled Shrimp sandwich) or the Banh Mi Ga Roti (Grilled Chicken sandwich), Beef Stew Banh mi, Short Rib Banh Mi, Panko Crusted Pork Chop Banh mi and the Hanoi Fish Style Banh Mi. Served with cucumbers, daikon, cilantro and mayonaise on a baguette, these sandwiches are absolutely angelic to the taste buds.
What makes Bao Noodles' banh mi better than any other restaurants' is what Johnson and Andrews believe to be the best and freshest bread in New York. The two defy the defrosted-baguette services that has been widely adopted, bragging that only the freshest bread is served in their restaurant. The baguettes come from the old italian Parisi Bakery in the neighborhood, serving fresh bread for over 100 years, while the meat is served fresh and to order.
Bao Noodles is so innovative and established, it has the ability to offer competitive prices for the best value. In addition to the incredible Banh Mi, other featured dishes like the Lollipop Chicken and the Lemongrass short ribs are offered. A kid-friendly, family-style restaurant, this Vietnamese cornerstone is looking toward another nine years as one of New York's best in traditional Vietnamese cuisine. All hail the long reigning Bao Noodles.