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!
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.
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