Schnipper’s Bros Respond to Chest Bumping Accusations & Impending Shake Shack Invasion
I’m not sure if the New York Times cafeteria is back open after last week’s health scare, but Andrew Schnipper sent me an email last week wanting to make it clear that him and his brother would never take joy in the sickness of others. He also reiterated how excited they are to have the Shake Shack opening just 3 blocks away from their spot.
I hope you are well. I generally enjoy your blog and reading about your well thought out recommendations for midtown lunchers. I think you do a great job of discovering good values and interesting places for people to eat that they might not find on their own. However, I was disappointed [Thursday] regarding your comment that my brother and I would be “chest bumping” because we might get some extra business due to the fact that some people were made sick from a competitor. I can assure you we don’t ever want to see people get sick and certainly don’t want to benefit from it. Fortunately for us, business is great and we were busy [Thursday] as we usually are on a Thursday. And if we could help a neighbor and have prevented any food bourne illness, we would gladly do so. You clearly don’t know my brother and I well enough to think this would make us happy and I just wanted to set the record straight. I have no idea whether they have reopened the cafeteria, but let me be the first to tell you that I hope they did and that the employees who likely lost hours of pay yesterday will be back to work today.
But wait, there’s more.
As I said, I like your website but I do find there to often be a lot of hostility towards not just Schnipper’s but other places as well. Why all the anger (not necessarily from you but from your followers)? When was the last time you ate at our place? It takes time to get things right and I think we are putting out some awesome food (come try the chicken fingers and fries – for $6.99 I think it is one of the best deals in town because they are awesome). I know you think we are expensive (actually on a per ounce basis, our burgers are less than the Shake Shack). But it costs a lot to do what we do with the quality we offer. We have changed a lot since we opened – our mac and cheese is great and now comes in a smaller size for $3.99 which is a reasonably generous portion.
Btw, I love Shake Shack too and sanguine means we are optimistic and confident about their arrival. We are not just a burger place and I have spoken with both Danny Meyer and his partner David Swinghammer to wish them well. My feeling is they will bring more business to our neighborhood.
Anyway, I respect you and would love to break bread with you anytime and show you what we do and talk food, my favorite subject. All the best to you in the New Year. Regards,
Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
Well I can’t speak for the Midtown Lunch’ers, but I’ve always been pretty kind to you guys! (Especially with regard to your excellent mac and cheese.) As for the chest bumping joke, it’s all in good fun. But next time I’ll be happy to say I saw Mr. Dean & Mrs. Deluca high fiving instead.