A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Salad at Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop

A Sandwich a Day

A new sandwich every day.

In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year--so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know.—The Mgmt.

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[Photograph: Erin Meister]

Want to time travel on your lunch hour? No problem: Sidling up to the counter at no-nonsense lunch-counter institution Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop is an easy trip back to 1930 (or thereabouts). If you want to go whole hog you could get the roast beef sandwich ($8) or one of the Tuesday/Thursday meatloaf sandwich special ($7.50), but my favorite lunch at this vintage spot is the how-in-the-world-could-chicken-salad-taste-so-good chicken-salad sandwich ($7.25).

Perfect diner-style toast (rye bread's the superior choice) holds a snappy snip of lettuce and thick-but-not-overpowering tomato slice in place above a heaping slop of generously mayoed chicken, celery, onion... and little else. You don't actually need anything else, except maybe a pickle and a side of matzo ball soup—oh, and don't forget your fedora.

Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop

174 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10010 (map) 212-675-5096
eisenbergsnyc.com