Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop (New York City)

As the chalkboard sign outside this classic New York luncheonette says, "You either get it, or you don't."
Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop (New York City)

Arthur Bovino

Arthur Bovino

You gotta love a place whose slogan is "Raising New York's Cholesterol Since 1929".

Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop has literally been untouched by time. While Eataly, a block north, brings a taste of Italy to New York City, Eisenberg's is quintessentially New Yawk. On a recent visit, upon taking a counter stool, I was inspired by Boerum Hill's Mile End's homage to Wilensky's of Montreal and ordered a fried bologna and salami sandwich on a mustard-slathered kaiser roll, with a chocolate egg cream and garlicky sour pickles.

I also recommend the pastrami and eggs. Others swear by the chopped liver, tuna melts and BLTs. The place is a bit shabby, which leads many folks to pass it by. But if you want a real 1940's New York City coffee shop experience, head on in. Now if they'll just bring back Horn & Hardart.

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