“Fast” Food near Port Authority

11 Nov

I now live pretty close to Port Authority, which is known for having pretty bad food selections.  I have been pretty pleased with some new offerings in the area (especially Montenapo in the NY Times building).  We needed two quick meals this weekend, so I decided upon Pick-A-Pita (now on 8th Ave between 39th and 40th) and Schnippers (also in the NY Times building on the corner of 8th Ave and and 41st). 

Schnippers is a place that I have been to a few times and REALLY enjoy.  They remind me a bit of Johnny Rockets but not a chain and no singing involved.  Their burgers are great and exactly the way I like them (with lots of extra flavorful goodies on top).  I usually get the Schnippers Classic (cheese blend, carmelized onions, bacon, arugula, and Schnippers sauce) but the Hickory Bacon Blue Burger (bacon, blue cheese, crispy onions, hickory BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, and Schnippers sauce) always sounded good.  Luckily Mike ordered the Hickory Bacon Blue so I could stick with my Classic.  One bite of Mike’s burger, however, and I’m sold!  The blue cheese was so. good. 

The Classic:

The Hickory Bacon Blue

One of my favorite parts of Schnippers is their sweet potato fries.  They come with a maple dipping sauce and it is SO good I could eat it with a spoon.

They’re also known for having great sloppy joes.

Total Nom Points: 7.5 out of 10

Next up was Pick-A-Pita as a quick lunch before starting to install a divider in the new apartment.  Pick-A-Pita used to be through a freight elevator in a tiny little back kitchen area.  It was always VERY tasty, but there was something fun about going through the elevator to get falafel.  They moved to a new, bigger location on 8th Ave between 39th and 40th, and I stubbornly believed it lost some luster with the move and haven’t eaten there since.  Knowing my party loves falafel, I figured it was as good a time as any to see if their falafel still lived up to expectations now that it wasn’t mysterious.  Luckily, the food hasn’t changed.  The location is actually quite nice with beatiful tin ceilings and a huge mirrored wall.  Tons of open seating and a little more room to maneuver as you pick from their salads.

Both my dad and I got the falafel with hummus pita and Mike went with the Shawafel (half shawarma and half falafel).  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our pitas.

Total Nom Points: 7 out of 10

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