Out of Bounds: Boi to Go
It looks like Banh Mi has finally come to Midtown!!! Well, sort of. It’s on 2nd Ave., which is technically outside of the Midtown Lunch range but- come on! It’s Banh Mi. If you’ve never had Banh Mi, it’s a Vietnamese Sandwich made with some sort of meat (usually pork) and pate, topped with shredded carrots and cilantro, and served on a french bread type of roll. They also make vegetarian versions that usually come with glass noodles. Really delicious, and possibly worth the trip to 2nd Ave. Here’s the early word on this place from tipster Dan:
“Just wanted to let you know about this new Vietnamese shop that just opened on the east side of 2nd Ave between 42nd and 43rd. They boast some pretty great Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches, with a bit of a twist. I ended up getting the banh mi ga, which had chicken and arugula rather than pork. They also allowed you to make your own sandwich, bowl, or burrito type meal, but i didn’t pay much attention to that because i went there for one reason.
The Banh Mi was good, and when i brought it back to my office people were asking about it because of how good it smelled. I just don’t know if it was $7.50 good. The staff still seemed to still be fairly new at it and the space is really empty– no tables or anything, despite the fact that there’s room for at least a few. hopefully they’ll get their act together.”
$7.50!!! Isn’t that just a bitch. Leave it to Midtown to take something cheap and amazing (they are usually between $2 and $3 in Chinatown), and turn it into something “chic” and expensive. I guess I can’t say I’m that surprised. I’ll probably still check it out… while secretly praying that somebody opens a cheap Banh Mi cart in Midtown proper! Here’s the menu.
Boi to Go, 800 2nd Ave (btw. 42nd & 43rd). 212-681-1122