Kosher Deluxe Offers Up A Schnitzel Primer
A mini argument discussion broke out in the comments the other day over who makes the best schnitzel: Jews or Germans. I suppose the two aren’t mutually exclusive, but the premise of the argument was chicken vs. veal/pork. Sadly I have to go against my people on this one, and agree that wiener schnitzel is clearly the superior schnitzel- although I wouldn’t turn my nose up at some good Israeli style Kosher chicken schnitzel.
So with all this talk of schnitzel, and the Schnitzel Truck still weeks away, I hit up Kosher Deluxe (on 46th btw. 5+6th) on Monday for a little chicken schnitzel in pita action.
Like most of the Kosher restaurants in Midtown, Kosher Deluxe is pretty expensive for what it is- leaving you with few choices under $10. Luckily, they make up for it by letting you go hog wild on their pickled veggie bar- which is easily the best in Midtown. Once you factor in the pickle bar, their falafel in pita is an amazing deal. The schnitzel ($9.50) and shawarma in laffa (now $10.50!!!) a little less so. But I was in the mood.
What’s their not to like? Deep fried chicken fingers, in a pita, slathered with hummus. I can’t say any of the spices (if there were any) stood out in my mind, but whatever. Chicken fingers in a pita is good stuff. And once you add their spicy Israeli salad, and pickled mango sauce (they have the orange stuff too) it’s all good. Toss in the free plate of pickles, cabbage slaws, carrots, and delicious delicious eggplant (which Olympic Pita Baraca does not have) and you feel a little less guilty about spending $10 for a small pita sandwich. The bread can’t hold a candle to the fresh baked laffa at Baraca, but it’ll do.
Still, nothing beats a breaded veal cutlet (followed closely by a standard pork cutlet.) And I’m very excited for the Schnitzel Truck to finally hit the road…