The news that Mexicue is opening a restaurant this summer was a reminder that I hadn’t yet been to the Schnitzel & Things restaurant at 723 Third Ave, between 45th & 46th St. It’s still relatively new, having only opened about a month ago.
As I’ve said in numerous interviews, reading about and then trying the Schnitzel & Things truck in the summer of 2009 is what got me interested in street food in the first place. It’s fair to say at this point that S&T changed my life, or at least laid out a new path that I am still happily traveling down.
It was great news about S&T opening a restaurant, even though it’s nowhere near my office for lunch. But I gladly headed over to the new S&T restaurant for Today’s Lunch.
Now you can get most of the schnitzels cut up into a salad with your choice of toppings. They also have a new grilled ginger chicken dish, and some new side dishes, like sweet potato fries, which I usually love.
Today’s Lunch is one of the new menu items, eggplant schnitzel ($9.95 for a platter with 2 side dishes or $8.50 for a sandwich).
The S&T restaurant is small, with seating for 12 at 3 shared tables with 4 stools each. This means they are also a perfect candidate for our Honorary Street Food category – a storefront with only a few seats. There were 2 other guys at my table, and we had a nice conversation about S&T, food trucks and a few other things.
As for the food, I’ve had their chicken, pork & cod schnitzels at the truck and loved them. I never used to like eggplant, but have taken more of a shine to it, and thought deep-fried eggplant would be good. But I was wrong…it was great!
The deep-fried breading gave the outside some firmness and crunch, but the inside was soft as butter and melted in my mouth. Deep-frying anything makes it good, but doesn’t necessarily make it great. This was great.
And there were 3 large, thin slices of eggplant in the order. At first I thought there were 2 slices, but as I was eating, it became apparent there were 3 eggplant pieces. I also got sriracha mayo as a condiment, which was perfect with this dish, adding a little spiciness to the proceedings.
For side dishes, I got sweet potato fries and beet & feta salad. As I said, sweet potato fries are a favorite of mine, and there were nice and crispy on the outside and soft inside. I know I said that about the eggplant, but it was true about both. I wouldn’t say the sweet potato fries melted in my mouth, but they aren’t supposed to.
And I never liked beets in the past, but S&T’s beet & feta salad and Mexicue’s BBQ beet taco with goat cheese have gotten me over the hump. Now I like beets, which are one of the healthiest veggies you can eat. I guess it helps to pair it with a good cheese. The beet salad was cool and refreshing. I just had to be careful not to get any on my shirt, because it stains pretty good.
Today’s Lunch at the new Schnitzel & Things restaurant was excellent. The food is just as good as on the truck, and there are a few more items to choose from, plus desserts.
I am now fully converted to liking both eggplant and beets, and Schnitzel & Things is partially responsible for that, as well as for my foray into the street food world in the first place. Thanks Oleg, Hannah, Gene and everyone at S&T for your awesome food!