Thursday, May 23, 2013
Rate-A-Restaurant #297: Num Pang Sandwich Shop
Restaurant: Num Pang Sandwich Shop
Location: 140 E. 41st Street (Btw. Lexington & 3rd Ave, Manhattan)
Type of restaurant: Sandwiches
We stipulated: I was working out of my hotel at Madison and 37th -- and that part of Manhattan is not known for exciting dining. But I needed a quick lunch and didn't want to navigate the Grand Central Terminal food court. A quick look at Yelp, and I discovered Num Pang, a shop serving Cambodian-inspired banh mi-style sandwiches.
They stipulated: "Num Pang’s gourmet sandwiches are served on a freshly toasted semolina flour baguette with Num Pang’s signature chili mayo. At Num Pang, a rotating selection of sandwiches are freshly made-to-order daily."
What we ordered: Roasted chicken sandwich ($8); Cambodian Slaw (*spicy*): napa cabbage, red cabbage, white cabbage, soy sprouts, bell peppers, fresh herbs, house dressing ($3); Blood Orange Lemonade ($3.25)
High point: The sandwich was a solid lunch choice.
Low point: Not a fan of the onions on top of the slaw, which wasn't mentioned in the description.
Overall impression: Nothing too special, but reasonably priced sandwiches that were quite fine. Mine needed more spice, but that's what sriacha sauce is for.
Chance we'll go back: Quite possibly if I'm back in that hotel close by and need a quick bite for lunch.