This fancy burger joint was hard not to miss, with its big, slick storefront on an absolutely prime spot of real estate in the New York Times Building (the same building as our regular coffee haunt, Dean & Deluca).
Schnipper’s serves “good old-fashioned American food”, and their extensive menu offers hot dogs, burgers & fries, sloppy joes, mac ‘n cheese, chicken, seafood, desserts, etc. We stood and stared at their massive order board – with so many choices and so many sides, it was difficult to make a decision! I finally opted for their Mac & Joe ($7.99) – Half Mac & Cheese, half Sloppy Joe (their unique recipe’s found nowhere else), and no bun. It was loaded with four cheeses, and topped with a crispy homemade breadcrumb topping. Gary had their Simple Grilled Dog ($3.99) – Grilled to order Hatfield All-Natural Black Angus franks, and added caramelized onions for 50 cents extra. After we ordered, we were given a number with a long, tall holder for the ticket. We found a seat in the bright shop and watched the staff cook our order in their open kitchen.
Overall, Schnipper’s offers an extensive menu, albeit everything is overpriced, a clean and vibrant space, friendly staff, but we found our meals to be overly salty, yet very bland at the same time. Maybe we just went on an off night because this eatery usually boasts excellent reviews. This snazzy burger joint is above MacDonald’s or Burger King, but lacks the taste, freshness, quality and warmth of Shake Shack.