As the chalkboard sign outside this classic New York luncheonette says, "You either get it, or you don't."


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.