Hey everyone! I’ve wanted to talk about Num Pang for a while, but made myself wait until I had tried more sandwiches. It has become one of my favorite sandwich places in the city, and I think everyone in NY should give it a try! I don’t know what it is, maybe the bread, maybe the ingredients… but they all taste amazing!
Ratha Chaupoly and Ben Daitz met on the Clark University Campus in 1994. When the college buddies reconnected in New York City in 2000, they were surprised to find that they were both working in the restaurant industry. After Ratha Chaupoly opened Kampuchea restaurant in 2006 where Num Pang sandwiches were an integral part of the menu. The pair decided to open up the first Num Pang Sandwich shop near Union Square in March of 2009 and soon after a location in Midtown East. With graffiti art on the walls and 80s/90s hip hop blasting from the speakers, crowds extend all the way down the block to order these creative Asian sandwiches and sides that combine the flavors from Ratha’s childhood in Cambodia with Ben’s culinary technique.
I have only been in the location by Union Square (located at 21 E. 12th Street between University Pl. & 5th Ave.) It is a very tiny place, and it’s not really noticeable. Actually, I only went there because a colleague told me I should try it. What a great tip she gave me!
Let’s talk food. Their menu is all about sandwiches, and trust me, there’s no reason why should anything other than that here! They are delicious. You can get one for $8 to $10. Here are my favorite ones so far:
Pulled Duroc Pork
Five-Spice Glazed Pork Belly
Roasted Cauliflower (this is a veggie one and I wasn’t expecting it to be that good!)
Give it a try and let me know what you think! Thanks for reading and see you soon!