Flatiron Lunch: The New Schnipper’s Makes a Mayo-licious Tuna Melt

Every Friday we go south of the ML boundaries in search of a delicious lunch. Sometimes it’s Murray Hill south or the Flatiron District, sometimes Gramercy and everything in between- but we just like to call it Flatiron Lunch.


New York got its first taste of Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen when the Midtown branch (8th Ave + 41st) opened up a while back, and it seemingly became known for its burgers. Late last year, the second location opened on 23rd at Madison, almost directly across from Shake Shack. I think we all know whose burgers are better, so when I stopped by the Flatiron Schnipper’s this week, I wanted to try something else, maybe something for the token vegetarian in your group who always complains when you hit up the Shack that there’s nothing for them, but fries and deep-fried mushroom sandwiches!

Tuna Melt

Besides burgers, Schnipper’s offers mostly the same items as the other location: chicken sandwiches, a veggie burger, fish & chips, chicken or fish tacos, and a grilled cheese, along with numerous salads. In other words, a bunch of stuff that you can’t get over at the Shack. Another advantage is the crazy huge indoor space it’s in, where there’s more than ample seating. One change in the menu I noticed was the addition of a tuna melt, a favorite comfort food of mine. The huge sandwich is served on seeded rye, which is a bonus for me, but it is a little pricey at $9. Yes, $9 for a tuna sandwich with a couple slices of cheese.

Tuna Melt

Schnipper’s tuna salad is mayo-licious, full of little bits of celery, and they stuff the melt full of it. The bread was perfectly grilled–not too oily and full of crunch–but I did wish for a bit more cheese to balance out some of the tuna. Even though I only ate about 3/4 of mine, it definitely held me over until dinner. Unfortunately for my sweet tooth, I didn’t have any time to indulge in one of their milkshakes or cookies, but I will find the time if anyone says they’re worth it!

Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen, 23 East 23rd Street, (212) 233-1025


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    Thanks so much Blondie for the kind words about our Tuna Melt. We are particuarly proud of it and I will share your comments with my staff.

    I do want to point out that not everyone agrees with your comment about whose burger is better. The well known burger and food writer Josh Ozersky certainly does not as quoted on Eater:

    “I am sky high on the Schnipper’s burger in their 23rd Street location. I think it’s better than Shake Shack, thanks to its marvelous bun.” – Josh Ozersky.


    But seriously, thanks again for writing about us and please come back and visit us soon! And try a burger – you might just find you agree with Josh.

    -Andrew Schnipper

  • I’d respectfully disagree with “I think we all know whose burgers are better.” Shake Shack is a nice burger, but Schnipper’s Hickory Bacon Blue is one of the best burgers in the city. Also, the Schnipper burger is a bit larger than Shake Shack’s so I rarely leave there hungry (as opposed to the Shack if I don’t get a concrete).

  • Schnipper’s is all about the different “flavored” burgers. SS just lets the burger speak for itself. Can’t really compare the two.

  • Shake shacks burgers taste like salted ass. However, they are certainly cheaper than Schnippers, which is WAAAAY overpriced, though better tasting. I am hard pressed to pick a victor in that battle—the overpriced as hell tiny schnippers vs. the equally small though less expensive salted poop burger of shake shack. You know who wins? HILLSTONES! Hillstones destroys both burgers in taste and quality. Yes it is like 16 bucks…but you get fries with that and about 2-3 times as much meat as Shack or Schnippers…My advice–don’t waste your time at either venue. You’re getting snookered at both places. Organique on 23rd (I think between lex and 3rd but I could be wrong) also destroys both of these poopholes….so if Hillstones is packed go there….

  • Red. Blood red. The blood from my surgiccally repaired ear is seeping into my eye….I look badass. I thnk I should haave a burger for lunch. Need to renew my iron supply….

  • You guys want a TUNA MELT?! Go to certe….

  • Shake shack are awesome. I enjoyed schnippers, but I believe I remember it being slightly undercooked for my taste.

  • Eating fish is vegetarian?

  • SS is awesome!! Schnipper’s was only okay for me. I’ve had their classic and it’s not as delicious as a shackburger for my burger prefs. For shakes, I like the ones at Shack’s frozen custard more too.

    No thanks on the tuna melt.

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