Schnitzel & Things Truck is Veal-Tastic!


Plenty has been written about the new Schnitzel & Things Truck here on Midtown Lunch since they first hit the scene a few months ago. We watched their twitter feed for the first month, tracking them all around the city- serving up their Austrian style fried cutlets to every part of the city but ours. Other blogs weighed in while we had to watch from afar waiting for them to finally make it to Midtown. It’s hard to fault the Schnitzel & Things truck though… Midtown is a tough slog, and you’ve got to be prepared. Working out all the kinks in your operation *before* attempting to serve your food to the hordes of hungry Midtown Lunchers is a sound strategy.

When they finally hit Midtown a few weeks ago, they faced the same issues all vendors face: finding a legal spot to vend where they wouldn’t be accosted by cops, businesses and other vendors. It took a little bit of time, but it seems like everything has been worked out and they’re settling into Midtown on Mondays at 52nd btw. 6+7th and Tuesdays at 48th btw. Lex+Park (although this week they have a special Tuesday spot for a Vendy Award CBS segment.)

I finally made it out last week to sample their fried cutlet goodness…

The Schnitzel & Things truck is run by three guys- two of which are chefs with culinary school backgrounds. Neither of the chefs are Austrian, but one of them spent some time in Vienna and fell in love with their schnitzel. They serve 3 different kinds of cutlets (chicken, pork and cod) and veal is offered occasionally as a special. You can order the schnitzel as a sandwich, or in a platter with two side dishes. Their menu of sides is pretty impressive for a truck (there are 6-8 options at any given time), and they have 5 homemade sauces to choose from.


The pork is the industry standard as far as I’m concerned… and their version is pretty great. Pounded super thin, so that it can be cooked quickly and not dried out, the schnitzel has a great crunchy crust- and the meat has a nice pork flavor. There are a lot of places serving “schnitzel” in Midtown, but they’re all serving the Israeli style of schnitzel (aka Kosher) so you’re talking chicken not pork. For the swine lovers of Midtown, pork schnitzel is a godsend (I’m a terrible Jew for using that word) and this version doesn’t disappoint. I love shoestring fries, so I was pretty excited with these, and the cucumber salad (which was pretty lightly dressed in a vinaigrette of some sort) provided a perfect cool contrast to the fried schnitz.


Chicken schnitzel is nothing new for Midtown, but for a lot of people I know it’s going to be the go-to choice of meats. It was my least favorite of the three I tried- but not because it’s actually inferior. I just prefer pork to chicken. If you like chicken better than pork, this will be your favorite. In other words, the same preparation yields the same delicious results. Pounded thin, crunchy exterior. Perfect. I’m not a big fan of potato salad, but the Schnitzel and Things version might just convert me. Forget about the mayo loaded crap you’re used to, their Austrian style potato salad forgoes that in favor of potatoes covered in a delicious shallot mixture. (Oh, if you’re wondering why there are fries *and* potato salad on this one… you’ll have to ask my buddy Nick who ordered it. The guy is a potato eating madman.)


Not surprisingly my favorite was the veal. Not on the regular menu, they hinted at the veal special awhile back but didn’t start offering it with any regularity until recently. Once again, it’s not cooked any differently than the others- I just prefer the taste of veal. It’s a high quality product, and on the days they do offer it they only bring a limited amount… so you have to get their early. I asked why they don’t just bring more- and the answer was two fold. 1) It’s tougher to get the good quality veal from their supplier, so it’s always a crapshoot whether or not its available, and how much they can get. 2) It’s freaking expensive… and since they only charge $10 they don’t really make any money selling the veal. They just offer it as an occasional treat to their loyal customers. (And boy what a treat it is!) I like red beets, so I was down with the beets and feta salad (although if you don’t like your beets mushy, these are probably not for you) and the sauerkraut was tasty as well.

As for sauces, if you like mayo the sauces are all tasty (all of them have it, aside from the ginger/scallion/garlic option)… but as far as I’m concerned the schnitzel is best enjoyed plain with a squirt of lemon (which they provide on every platter.) I didn’t try the cod or the bratwurst, and didn’t see what the sandwich option was all about but hey, there’s always next time!

As for the price, $9 is kind of on the expensive side for lunch (especially lunch from a truck)- but once you factor in the quality of the meat, the portion (the schnitzel is a good size- although might not be as big as some of the earlier photos posted on the internet), and the fact that you get two quality side dishes- it is completely fair. In fact, for food this good, it’s kind of steal.

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)

  • I love fried meat cutlets!
  • I love pork! (And most of the other Midtown schnitzel options are Kosher, so it’s only chicken)
  • They pound the cutlets super thin (in the authentic Austrian style), so they don’t get dried out, and they’re perfectly cooked… and not greasy at all.
  • Portions are fairly large
  • The meat is a really good quality product
  • The side dishes and sauces are all really well made
  • Potato salad is great, even for people who don’t like potato salad

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • I don’t care how good the meat is, lunch from a truck shouldn’t cost $9
  • Do you have any healthy options? Maybe something that isn’t fried?
  • The beets are thoroughly… so if you liked yours roasted with a bit of firmness, you won’t like these.
  • They pound the meat thin to make you feel like you’re getting a gigantic piece of meat!

Schnitzel & Things Truck, Usually in Midtown on Mondays and Tuesday. Check their Twitter feed or the ML Twitter Tracker daily for locations


  • i always thought they pound the meat really thin to make the cutlet look bigger.

  • Veal is baby lamb!

    Soylent Green is people!

  • the pork i got last month was pounded big enough to cover the entire dish. the sides were hidden underneath. really hard to cut with the fork and knife provided.

  • maybe it’s because i am asian but i like pork cutlet made with panko better. O_O

  • “Do you have any healthy options? Maybe something that isn’t fried?” – uh. I’m scared to think of what a non-fried offering from a “schnitzel” truck would be. Don’t mess with perfection.

    If you want something healthy, the vegeterian cart is across the street (when they’re in midtown).

  • Steve, likewise. Either they’re cutting back on the food, or they were lax in pounding it. Either way, it still looks like a good deal (for veal).

  • I still have to try the veal and the cod, I’ve had the rest of it. I will say the bratwurst sandwich doesn’t get enough love. The spicy mustard and grilled sausage really is delicious!

  • I had their food one weekend when they were in Brooklyn, and it was wonderful. Can’t wait to try it again.

  • I had the veal last week, also have had the pork and also the eggplant. Yum. I love the austrian potato salad, it’s fantastic, also the sauerkraut. And I’m in condiment heaven with all of the choices.

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    I tried them a couple of weeks ago and thought all of it was really great. The mushroom soup they were giving out free if you mentioned their twitter that day was an excellent surprise-one of the best things they offered.

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    Damn you, Midtown Lunch! Damn you, You-Ennnn!

    The Monday spot is right outside my office door and this big wet kiss, er, write-up and photos had me all set to finally try these guys. Now I have to wait until next week!

    But my second choice, the Cafe Duke chicken parmigiana flatbread sandwich, is no small consolation. mmmmmmmmmm…

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    Um, per CheeEEse, lamb is baby lamb (grown up it is sheep); veal is baby cow. Both tasty, both babies.

  • @6thAveLuncher: Good point, thanks for the correction. Babies are tasty.

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    Since this writeup left me completely craving the truck, and I also happen to have a flexible lunch hour & bunch of initiative, I hopped on the subway at Grand Central down two express stops to City Hall and walked over to the truck. I ordered the veal platter with beets/feta salad (the beets were decently firm, Zach) & one of this week’s specials, a chickpea salad in olive oil & pesto (which was excellent). When I mentioned I had come from midtown to go to them they acted like I was crazy (can’t blame them there). Everything was well worth the trip though, and after eating in City Hall park the whole trek only took me an hour and 15 mins.

  • I was very excited to try the schnitz but I had the eggplant and was disappointed. I get the pound-it-thin/cook-it-quick thing, but this was so thin I had difficulty getting my fix of eggplant flavor. Is that usual, of did I hit them on a thin day?

  • Proby: Eggplant??!?!! It’s entirely YOUR fault for not ordering MEAT! Schnitzel fail.

  • @mkim – so true! i added your comment to the minus section of the +/-

    Also, Oleg from the Truck emailed me to say that they’re using the same portion of meat as before, but aren’t pounding as thin as they used to. That’s why there is a discrepancy in the photos. Just an FYI.

  • The cod is DELICIOUS! It’s the only Schnitzel I’ve tried, but cod, tartar sauce and lemon, fries and beets? Heaaaven.

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