The people behind the counter at Saiguette wear headsets - and this tells you, right off the bat, that this little Vietnamese place is a very serious operation. The menu here is huge, and it has everything from pho and spring rolls to lobster curry and steak over rice. The real reason you come here, however, is for the best (and largest) bahn mi on the Upper West Side. Our favorite is the pork shoulder, but they also do them with steak, chicken, and shrimp. Just be aware that this really just a takeout (or delivery) place.
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