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Ban Ban Brings Vietnamese Sandwiches and more to the UWS
May 15, 2023, 8:51.03 pm ET


Photos: Ban Ban Shop

Chef and restaurateur Nils Noren has opened the Ban Ban Shop just steps from Columbia University on the Upper West Side. Noren, a native of Sweden, honed his skills at top restaurants such as KB restaurant where he received a Michelin Star. He was also recruited by Marcus Samuelsson to work at Aquavit and later at Red Rooster Harlem.

Ban Ban Shop’s menu allows guests to customize Banh Mi style sandwiches, steamed buns, maki rolls, bowls and more. Options include Five Spiced Roast Pork, Shrimp, Crispy Lemongrass Flounder, Roast Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potato and Organic Tofu. The menu also features sides that include Chicken Noodle Soup, roasted vegetables and spicy slaw to name a few.

“The food and flavors are inspired by my extensive travels and work in Asia, as well as my wife’s Chinese heritage,” said Noren. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we are very passionate about delivering a great experience for every guest whether they are dining in or out of the store.”

The brightly colored space with custom artwork and snazzy tin ceiling seats 24-seat with addition outdoor dining space. Ban Ban Shop is located at 2911 Broadway, New York, NY. It is open daily from 11:00am to 8:00pm. For more information, visit