Sad news for MoCCA Fest attendees: Baoguette has closed

While walking around the ‘hood recently, I’d been noticing that Baoguette, the gourmet banh mi outpost on Lexington opposite the Armory, was ominously closed; today the construction notices and lack of signs made it final: Baoguette is no more.

Opened in 2009 or so by celebrity chefs Michael Huynh and Thao Nguyen, Baoguette’s sandwiches led the banh mi craze which briefly enveloped Manhattan. And for MoCCA attendees, this was THE place to meet up, as everyone lined up for their fragrant catfish or spicy chicken sandwiches, all laced with sriracha sauce and pickled carrots, and served on amazing crusty bread. A star of our annual dining guide, Bauguette was part of the MoCCA experience.

Alas, Huynh and Nguyen seem to have pulled up stakes in all of their NYC restaurants….it’s a tough business.

For those planning to come to MoCCA this year, there is a Vietnamese place around the corner, Luu’s — I haven’t had their banh mi, but their bao and bun are OK. Nothing too exciting. For the closest thing to Baoguette there’s Num Pang a few blocks away — Cambodian sandwiches but very much the same spirit of crusty bread and spicy fillings.


  1. Chris Hero says

    Huh, I’ve gone to MoCCA since 2007 and I’ve never been there. I’m sad to have missed it.

  2. says

    I was so sick last year that I passed on a gifted sammich. Oh, to have a time-machine! I have yet to find a descent banh mi in RVA.

  3. Torsten Adair says

    I prefer to avoid the crowds and head over to Lamazou on Third Avenue.

  4. says

    Jimmy Palmiotti, I think that space is too small for a Chase or a Starbucks. More likely it will be one of those Two Brothers 99 cent pizza joints.

  5. says

    There’s actually a swanky, tiny boutique hotel going in next door, so I suspect the block will continue to mix gentrification with cheap fast food for Baruch students.

    The bad coffee place (formerly an amazing Dominican chicken place) is still open but the Froyo joint was replaced by a Chinese juice bar.

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