For a perfect Vietnamese sandwich (think roast pork, pickled daikon, cucumber, cilantro, mayo and sriracha sauce on a toasty baguette), Bánh Mì Saigon Bakery is still the one to beat. And at just $4 a pop, they’ll likely stay that way. Bánh Mì Saigon Bakery, 138 Mott St.
The grandfather of Australian meat pies is… probably in Australia, but the closest thing in the five boroughs is D.U.B. (Down Under Bakery) on the boarder of Carroll Gardens and Red Hook, which serves, among other things, a perfect steak mince pie with molten cheddar and onion gravy, buried in buttery pastry. Pie: it’s Australian for pie. D.U.B. Pie Shop, 193 Columbia St, Bklyn.
For a taste of the Left Bank on (generally the left side of) Manhattan, there’s Shade, a romantically lit crêperie-cum-wine-bar, offering an unpretentious but perfectly delectable menu of warm, massive, sweet-or-savory pouches of delight. Shade, 241 Sullivan St.
Cornmeal patties are the ideal vessels for guayanés cheese, shredded beef, roasted pork shoulder, fried plantains, avocado and just about any other combination of meat, cheese and vegetable. Wonderful news: arepas are small enough to warrant getting three. Or five, sometimes. Caracas Arepa Bar, 93 ½ E 7th St.
Allspice, peppers and Jamaican hot sauce brighten Christie’s fatty, delicious ground-meat patties, wrapped in turmeric-yellow pastry, that, at only $1.85 ($2 for vegetarian), offer arguably the best flavor-plus-heft equation for your precious dollar. Christie’s Jamaican Patties: 387 Flatbush Ave, Bklyn.