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numpang wallThe popular Cambodian sandwich shop Num Pang will open today (Wednesday) at 1129 Broadway between 25th and 26th Street just northwest of Madison Square Park (and right next to Hill Country Chicken). Num Pang is the creation of Ratha Chaupoly (Blue Water Grill, Kampuchea) and Ben Daitz (Tabla).

MadParkNews got a sneak peak at the flavorful sandwiches last night at a pre-opening party, and we can say the neighborhood has a new serious challenger to the best takeaway lunch spot in the area in next year’s MadParkNews awards. But it’s not just takeaway – they have 30 seats at this location so you can enjoy your food there or on the go. This is the third location of Num Pang, with spots already open on 12th Street (Yelp 4 stars) and 41st Street (Yelp 4.5 stars).

First of all the Num Pang bread is awesome, with a dense chewy center, a sourdough-like flavor, and a nicely toasted crust. As for the sandwiches, our favorites were the Five-Spice Glazed Pork Belly Sandwich, the Peppercorn Catfish Sandwich, and the Ginger Barbecue Brisket. With each sandwich, it’s a nice proportion of meat or fish to bread, and the veggies are fresh and the special sauces are flavorful. At the party, we overheard someone claim that Mario Batali says the cauliflower sandwich is his ‘favorite sandwich in the country’. Not sure if that grand statement is true or not, but we preferred the pork belly, catfish and brisket sandwiches either way. Sandwiches run from $7.5-$9.75.

They will have the existing Num Pang menu available (www.numpangnyc.com/index.php/menu) plus a few additions for this location (Jasmine or Brown Rice Bowls served with Marinated Pork Steak, Grilled Market Fish or Seasonal Vegetables and sauces to accompany; Cold Vermicelli Noodles served with Egg, Peanuts and Herbs and a choice of either Coconut Tiger Shrimp, Grilled Pork, or Grilled Steak; Cambodian Sangria With Tropical Fruit, Lemon-Grass and Ginger).

Definitely check this place out- it’s a great addition to the neighborhood!

Here are some photos of what we tasted:

Num Pang Brisket

Num Pang Brisket

Num Pang Five-Spice Glazed Pork Belly

Num Pang Five-Spice Glazed Pork Belly

num pang catfish

Num Pang catfish

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