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Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop

174 5th Ave., New York, NY - (212) 675-5096
A quintessential New York sandwich shop, known for its tuna salad, but also a good bet for hot sandwiches and square-meals meat loaf. It is a ridiculously skinny space with tiny two-top tables along one wall and stools positioned so close to the counter that anyone over 5'2" tall will be playing kneesies with the knee guard.
83% Approval Rating (12 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Fried Salami Sandwich
Egg Cream
Tuna Salad Sandwich
Hot Meat Loaf
Tuna & Egg Salad Combo Sandwich
Egg Salad Sandwich
Rueben sandwich
Potato Salad
Cherry-Lime Rickey
Salami and Eggs

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (4)
Roadfood.com Editor
"We used to adore Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop, and frequently directed people to it for the best tuna salad and egg salad sandwiches in town. In our opinion, this hole in the wall on Fifth Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets was an only-in-New York experience. It ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

174 5th Ave., New York, NY
(212) 675-5096

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:Yes
Takeout Counters:Yes
A plate of salami and eggs is finished with home fries and rye toast, making this one justly greasy and comforting breakfast on a Saturday morning.
"A plate of salami and eggs is finished with home fries and rye toast, making this one justly greasy and comforting breakfast on a Saturday morning."
Bill Homan





Hot meat loaf with mashed potatoes and gravy is the lunch special every Tuesday and Thursday. The loaf, which the menu boasts is made from Eisenberg's original recipe, tastes good. The potatoes, in the background, couldn't be flatter.
"Hot meat loaf with mashed potatoes and gravy is the lunch special every Tuesday and Thursday. The loaf, which the menu boasts is made from Eisenberg's original recipe, tastes good. The potatoes, in the background, couldn't be flatter."
Michael Stern


A nice stack of juicy, garlicky fried salami on a crusty roll.  Cheese too.  Excellent stuff.
"A nice stack of juicy, garlicky fried salami on a crusty roll. Cheese too. Excellent stuff."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Eisenberg has long been known for its tuna salad sandwich. This one was well-built on good rye and generously apportioned, but the tuna salad itself did not sparkle.
"Eisenberg has long been known for its tuna salad sandwich. This one was well-built on good rye and generously apportioned, but the tuna salad itself did not sparkle."
Michael Stern


We ordered potato salad with our sandwiches.  When it hadn't arrived, we reminded our waiter, who quickly scooped a mugful for us.  No charge.  Regular commercial potato salad, but there was something about this service style that we enjoyed...
"We ordered potato salad with our sandwiches. When it hadn't arrived, we reminded our waiter, who quickly scooped a mugful for us. No charge. Regular commercial potato salad, but there was something about this service style that we enjoyed..."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


I think I'll have to make another trip for the meatloaf special.
"I think I'll have to make another trip for the meatloaf special."
Bill Homan


Our very friendly waiter saw us taking pictures of our food and insisted he pose for a shot.
"Our very friendly waiter saw us taking pictures of our food and insisted he pose for a shot."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The counter is a great place to chow down on some tasty food and engage in interesting conversation with Kenny (in the red hat, weekends only).
"The counter is a great place to chow down on some tasty food and engage in interesting conversation with Kenny (in the red hat, weekends only)."
Bill Homan


Eisenberg's lunch barely has room to walk between the tables along the wall and the long counter with stools. This photo was taken about 10:30am. By noon, every seat was occupied.
"Eisenberg's lunch barely has room to walk between the tables along the wall and the long counter with stools. This photo was taken about 10:30am. By noon, every seat was occupied."
Michael Stern


At least they're honest.
"At least they're honest."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Eisenberg's is a classic old NYC sandwich shop.
"Eisenberg's is a classic old NYC sandwich shop."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A destination sandwich shop for three-quarters of a century
"A destination sandwich shop for three-quarters of a century"
Michael Stern


Exactly!
"Exactly!"
Bill Homan


True, but it's good.
"True, but it's good."
Bill Homan


While the rye bread was ordinary, the tuna & egg salad combo was everything I could have hoped for.  Both flavors really stood out and it was very moist without being drippy.
"While the rye bread was ordinary, the tuna & egg salad combo was everything I could have hoped for. Both flavors really stood out and it was very moist without being drippy."
Bill Homan


A refreshing cherry-lime rickey.
"A refreshing cherry-lime rickey."
Bill Homan



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