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Sep 15, 2009 09:05 AM

Schnitzel Express

OK- I love a good schnitzel as much as anybody. I've had perfect ones in Vienna and remember my Dad telling me that he lived on them when he was stationed there during the Korean War in the 50s. My go to schnitzel place in NYC was Silver Swan (RIP) and I still love Chalet Alpina in Queens. Remember having had a good one at Wallse. Haven't found the Schnitzel Truck yet but have heard good things. So I hesitantly tried Schnitzel Express yesterday in the old City Burger space on 39th and Bway. Wanted to hate it for 3 reasons: 1. it reminded me that City Burger, a favorite, was gone; 2. I was skeptical as it was glatt kosher ('under the supervision of Vaad Harabbonim" who may know the Talmud but not the optimum frying temperature of schnitzel); 3. just chicken rather than pork (see reason 2) or veal. The classic "Israeli" schnitzel came on a soft baguette with some nice fried onions and pickles and lettuce (even though I told them to hold the lettuce). It was rather small for $10 but I have to admit the chicken was perfectly fried and fresh. May be worth another shot particularly if you customize the toppings, e.g. hot peppers.

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  1. I saw the schitzel truck parked out on 26 th and park ave on sept 22, 2009

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    1. re: alwayshungry21

      thats a special spot - not normally there on tuesdays
      "Midtown on Mondays at 52nd btw. 6+7th and Tuesdays at 48th btw. Lex+Park (although this week they have a special Tuesday spot for a Vendy Award CBS segment.)"

      1. re: smokeandapancake

        this last Monday (sept. 21) it was outside the Whole Foods in Tribeca...I've been there the last 5 or 6 monday's at lunchtime and hadn't seen it.

        1. re: Sugar

          Or, instead of all this guessing, just go here to find exactly where they are that day:

    2. Try Heidelberg on 2nd ave between 86th and 85th. That's the WHOLE german experience (i.e. barmaids in dirndls and guys in liederhosen). They have a pretty extensive german menu and their schnitzel (pork, veal etc.) comes with potatoes and cabbage-- plus german beer on tap.

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      1. re: daisy326

        meh...wasnt impressed....greasy...espcially the potato pancakes..literally a cup of oil fried into each palm sized pancake,

        1. re: smokeandapancake

          really- no good? I guess the beer helps cut the grease factor. I have to admit I usually get the cheese spaetzel and cucumber salad because the meats tend to be too heavy for my taste. I figured that was just a german food thing rather than a heidelberg thing...

          1. re: smokeandapancake

            I loved the potato pancakes! You may have gotten a bad batch. Can't wait to return after the work stops next door at the Georgica construction site.