September 14, 2009

Baoguette Cafe

Since we love the classic Baoguette from the original Baoguette location, we knew we would enjoy a casual lunch at its newer East Village outpost:  Baoguette Cafe.

We decided to dine in - Baoguette Cafe has a slightly larger space and more seating - and scanned the larger menu.

Though we were tempted to go with the classic baoguette, we ordered a more playful version of the traditional banh mi sandwich.
We opt for the Sloppy Bao ($7) sandwich.  The tasty baguette is filled with flavorful, slightly spicy beef.  The beef is well seasoned with shallots, garlic, lemongrass, red curry paste, basil, and fish sauce.  Sliced jalapeno peppers add a bit more heat.  The spice is offset by the sweet julienne mango, tart pickled onion, fresh cilantro leaves.
"Sipping" from our Vietnamese Ice Coffee ($2.50) looks to be a familiar sight...
...the watchful eye of chef and owner Michael Huynh!

Baoguette Cafe is located at 37 Saint Marks Place (btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave)

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