Thursday, May 23, 2013

Rate-A-Restaurant #297: Num Pang Sandwich Shop

Num Pang sandwich shop

Restaurant: Num Pang Sandwich Shop

Location: 140 E. 41st Street (Btw. Lexington & 3rd Ave, Manhattan)

Type of restaurant: Sandwiches

Num Pang sandwich shop

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.

Num Pang sandwich shop

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."

Num Pang sandwich shop

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.

Num Pang sandwich shop

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.

Num Pang sandwich shop

Chance we'll go back: Quite possibly if I'm back in that hotel close by and need a quick bite for lunch.

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