Hoomoos Asli’s Schnitzel Sandwich Gets A Boost From Some Fries

Across the street from perpetually mobbed La Esquina you’ll find Hoomoos Asli on Kenmare St. (at Cleveland Pl.) which is the area’s answer to Crisp (that is until Taim opens its new flagship shop in Nolita) or a go-to falafel cart. The restaurant serves Israeli takes on pita sandwiches and platters and although the falafel and other vegetarian sandwiches are the cheapest options on the menu that’s often over $10, I zoned in on the chicken schnitzel sandwich and decided to make an fried addition for an extra $1.

If you look at the fine print on the menu, you’ll see that you can get fries added to any sandwich for $1 which sounded pretty good stuffed in with some schnitzel. This took my lunch slightly over the $10 mark once tax is added since the sandwich was $8.75.

I didn’t feel like I was getting ripped off though once I tore into my hulking sandwich that had probably two flatly-pounded and fried chicken breasts cut into pieces, along with a handful of Belgian-type fries scattered throughout. The sandwich also contained hummus on the bottom, shepherd’s salad and some cabbage slaw along with a hot sauce since I’d asked for mine spicy.

Oddly, my least favorite part of the sandwich was the schnitzel because it had been fried a little too long and was on the verge of burnt, and also was a little too chewy and hard to bite off a chunk of. If I had to do it again, I’d probably go with a basic vegetarian sandwich and add some fries which would be a couple of dollars cheaper.

I can definitely see why Hoomoos Asli has a long line of people waiting to order food, especially in this area that’s short on quick and affordable lunch options.

Hoomoos Asli, 100 Kenmare St. (at Cleveland Pl.), (212) 966-0022



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