Two college buddies turned New Yorker chefs decided to leave their more haute cooking jobs for a sandwich shop. And now they have two of said sandwich shops: a second location opened this summer in midtown. What kind of sandwiches? Well, "num pang" means "sandwich" in Cambodian, so that should give you an idea. Ingredients include ginger, soy, tamarind, and coconut flakes.
What to order: Spicy organic tofu (ginger soy-honey glaze, leeks) $7
Num Pang, 21 East 12th Street (between 5th Avenue and University Place); 212-255-3271.
Photo: Courtesy of Num Pang