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 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Lt. Dan at Schnitz

 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Sweet Onion at Schnitz

 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Caesar Schnitz at Schnitz

 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz


Milanese, tonkatsu, panado: It seems every country has a breaded-and-fried cutlet to call its own. This schnitzel shop—an offshoot of the popular Smorgasburg vendor, launched in 2011—focuses on the Israeli variety, a thicker cut made of chicken thigh instead of the customary breast. Sibling owners Yoni Erlich and Donna Magen go beyond basic chicken for their fast-casual spot, decorated with faux Schnitz Chronicle newspapers and printed gray banquettes. Built on a Tom Cat Bakery pretzel hero, the Grumpy Russian features pork loin, pickled cherries and Gorgonzola; the Yonz tops butternut-squash-and-corn schnitzel with honey-sriracha mayo; and the Lt. Dan—a cheeky tribute to Forrest Gump—pairs shrimp with jicama-fennel slaw. Hopsy Dazy and Ommegang Witte are on tap for those who want their order with a side of beer.


Venue name: Schnitz
Address: 177 First Ave
New York
Cross street: at 11th St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun noon–midnight; Thu–Sat noon–2am
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave
Price: Average sandwich: $10. AmEx, MC, V
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