Best for banh mi: Ba Xuyên
4222 Eighth Avenue
This no-frills Vietnamese restaurant doesn’t look like much on the outside (or on the inside, for that matter), but it does make an authentically awesome banh mi. Thick, toasted baguettes are coated with mayonnaise and Maggi sauce, packed full of your choice of meat, and finished off with pickled daikon and carrots, jalapeños, cucumber, and ribbons of cilantro. The thit nuong is a neighborhood favorite, made with smoky pâté, ham, sweet sausage, head cheese, and pork; there are variants with shredded pork, meatballs, and grilled chicken too.