Ratha Chaupoly and Ben Daitz met on the Clark University Campus in 1994. When the college buddies reconnected in New York City in 2000, they were surprised to find that they were both working in the restaurant industry. After Ratha Chaupoly opened Kampuchea restaurant in 2006 where Num Pang sandwiches were an integral part of the menu. The pair decided to open up the first Num Pang Sandwich shop near Union Square in March of 2009 and soon after a location in Midtown East. With graffiti art on the walls and 80s/90s hip hop blasting from the speakers, crowds extend all the way down the block to order these creative Asian sandwiches and sides that combine the flavors from Ratha’s childhood in Cambodia with Ben’s culinary technique.
The shops continue to be recognized by top tier media such as Bon Appetit who named their sandwiches “one of the top 25 things to eat in 2012”, The Village Voice who awarded them “Best Sandwich of 2013”, and they have been one of the highest rated sandwich shops in Zagat since opening.