Manhattan's Lower East Side is a hotbed of unique and refreshing dining establishments, Spitzer's Corner just one of those neighborhood gems. The communal seating and rustic wooden decor lend particularly well to the hopping bar scene, which is fuled by Spitzer's outstanding and widely varied beer selection. However, just because the basic clientele comes for the suds doesn't mean the restaurant is skimping where the food menu is concerned.
The fried white catfish sandwich is Spitzer's standby, available during brunch, lunch, and dinner service. Generous portions of flaky catfish are lightly battered and fried until golden and crunchy, then piled onto freshly toasted ciabatta bread slathered with house-made tartar sauce and topped with fresh cucumbers, parsnip, and arugula.
The crunchy bread and the soft, flavorful fish are expertly balanced, and the crisp vegetables add a delightful texture to every bite. The portion is hefty, but the varied and refreshing flavors make it easy to devour without a blink.
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