174 5TH Ave Ste 1, New York, NY | Directions 1001040.741110 -73.990137
Monday To Friday From 06:30 AM To 08:00 PM Saturday From 08:00 AM To 06:00 PM Sunday From 08:00 AM To 04:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Flatiron District, Midtown
Some people would say that Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop, a quaint and picturesque throwback lunch joint hard by the Flatiron building, is overvalued because of its atmospheric value. Those people are idiots. It's not possible to overvalue Eisenberg's which is a lifeline to an older and better New York which is rapidly vanishing. The people are equally wrong who say that they make a great pastrami sandwich (they don't) or tuna sandwich (likewise.) They make a great Eisnenberg's experience. I only wish it were a private club, like Soho House, so that only those of us who love it would be allowed to go there. But, sadly, anyone can come and get a piece of chocolate cake (incredible), a cheap cup of coffee (not so incredible), or a glass of U-bet chocolate mik (incomparable.)
Came because of Anthony Bourdain – Came here because I watched an episode of No Reservations where Anthony Bourdain ordered a ilme rickey. And that's what I had too. I thought it was suppose to taste like lime plus carbonation and other fruit juice, but it just tasted like sweet soda.
We sat at the counter, along with the handful of customers last night. Two larger groups later came in and sat in the extra seating area towards the back.
Service was quick. The Cheese and Western Omelet we ordered came with fries and your choice of toast. No fanfare over the food as it's typical diner food. The "back-in-the-day" feel of the place is what sets it apart.
Wow. Vegetarian at this deli? Yes! – This really is surprising. I love chopped liver and the vegetarian versions I've had in the past are so *not* even close. Well, it's here. I can't believe it! Go grab it before they're out - I heard it's going to be a trial or a temp addition to the menu.
Furry dust encrusted residue on the balsamic dispenser – So we just had lunch here and it was so bad, I felt like I needed to take time out to create an account and write about my experience. Im a native New Yorker and I eat out all the time. A group of tourists were sitting near us and we felt like we had to, on behalf of all the good restaurants in the city, defend NY to try to mitigate the negative impact this craphole had on these poor innocent out of towners.
The service was horrible, the guy (white shirt, black pants, balding) practically dropped my spoon in front of me after he brought out my matzo ball soup, which was straight out of a can, except for this weird lump of what appeared to be a matzo ball in it. The house salad was a pile of wilting iceberg lettuce with a few green peppers, onions and tomatos in it. The dressing was an oil bottle and vinegar (in a sugar dispenser) along with a maple syrup container, which the waiter described as "balsamic stuff". The balsamic dispenser had crust with a nice layer of furry dust caked around the hole.
The ice for the beverages comes out of an orange industrial sized bucket (the kind that cement mix or paint thinner comes in) located in plain view on a counter in the back of the restaurant along the left wall. There was a sign inviting us to try to Potato Latkes which we tried to order, but they didnt have any on hand. My associate's grilled cheese and tomato on whole wheat instead came out on white toast, with the cheese barely melted (we could have peeled it off and had two intact slices of Kraft singles).
So as I said, from one who eats out often enough to differentiate between decent and disgusting, this place was pretty bad. How does a "sandwich shop" screw up a grilled cheese sandwich?
Basically a sh!thole. Im dumbstruck by all of these 5 star reviews. I suspect that they might have been posted by Eisenberg employees. Why does this rating system require you to give a one star minimum? Eisenberg, you owe me a star.
Best Pastrami Sandwhich in NYC! – After reading the reviews, I decided to visit Eisenberg's, as I was craving a pastrami sandwich. Well.....this was the best pastrami sandwich I ever had, and I have been to most of the so-called "pastrami palaces". It wasn't too lean, nor to fatty. Just perfect! Although the decor looks like it hasn't been updated (or cleaned) since 1929, so what! I also had a vanilla egg cream and some rice pudding, which were also superb. Best of all, I?m only 5 blocks away. Thanks Citysearch!
Pipin' Hot Coffee – My first visit to Eisenberg's won't be the last. I joined a couple of friends on a Monday morning before the start of a crazy work week and enjoyed pipin' hot coffee and an awesome toasted bacon-egg-cheese bagel. It's a complete throwback to a bygone era that my generation has gentrified (not that there's anything wrong with that). It's a place to enjoy the service, the food, and what it stands for... hard work and a full stomach. Looking forward to being back!
Excellent chopped liver & Matzoh ball soup – As a native New Yorker who now lives in Los Angeles (oy vey), every time I come home this place is a must-stop. They seem to have new management, because the quality of the food has greatly improved since my last visit. They now home-made chopped liver which is, seriously, the best I have ever had. The matzoh ball soup is still great, AND, they now have delicious flame-broiled burgers. It's always nice to have a satisfying lunch at a place that has been loved by New Yorkers long before I was born.
NOT WORTH IT – I went on recommedations that they have great sandwiches and even ordered the tuna melt, which Eisenburg raves to be the best. The sandwish was tasteless, below average. For the taste I could have gone to a regular deli and gotten it for 1/3 of the price they charged. I was disappointed and won't return.
The Most Bang for the Buck – Pull up a seat and have a Ruben, Pastrami, or Tuna. The best sandwich shop and can be beat. The melts can't be beat and the countermen are unbelievable. Have an old fashion egg cream, but don't forget to make them use the fountain soda. A throwback to the old days of Brooklyn. The place looks like a restaurant that has been transplanted from a local neighborhood into Manhattan. Seating in the rear and have a great cheap sandwich. Can't be beat.
Mmm, Pastrami – I was in town from San Francisco, and found myself staring at the storefront. I just wish you could get pastrami like that in SF.
A slice of old New York, with a killer tuna salad. – This minute, no-frills lunch counter has, through decades of Manhattan metamorphosis, gone from being a place where you got tuna sandwiches to a landmark destination. And why not? Where else in New York can you get a lime rickey, an egg cream and a pastrami sandwich constructed to human proportions? It won't last forever, but while it does, this little sandwich shop offers a window back to a Manhattan that catered to working people--even on Fifth Avenue.
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