Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen – Awesome Milkshakes Near Port Authority

Port Authority can be a hard place to grab a bite. If you only have an hour, you don’t have enough time to run to 9th Avenue, and maybe you don’t feel like ramen that day. That’s when you need to know about Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen.

Schnipper’s is a casual restaurant with 2 locations run by the brothers who started Hale and Hearty. It is a joint where you order at the counter, take a buzzer, and are paged when your food is ready. Then you go get your food and eat it in either the large, serviceable dining room or the outside patio area. The patio area overlooks Port Authority, so it isn’t exactly scenic, but it can make for some great people watching. The food here is classic diner-meets-burger joint, and there is something for everyone, from gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to fish tacos to the best milkshakes in the city.

Fresh Market Salad with beets, corn, avocado, radish sprouts, toasted almonds, croutons,
tomatoes, chick peas, parmesan, and vinaigrette

For a casual burger-oriented spot, this salad was surprisingly tasty. Fresh, crisp vegetables with special items like peppery radish sprouts and buttery hunks of avocado. The vinaigrette is creamy and mild, a perfect addition to the salty parmesan on the salad. This isn’t enough for a meal, but it is a good way to get in your vegetables. Especially if you also get an order of…

Chicken Fingers and Fries

This isn’t fancy, but it is fantastic. Crispy, light breading that breaks apart with an audible crunch to reveal moist meat. The chicken fingers taste  indulgent, but not at all greasy or heavy. Seasoned well, with a slight kick from just enough pepper, these are dynamite when dipped in the restaurant’s homemade honey mustard sauce that is sweet, thick, and tangy. The fries are also excellent – universally crispy and well salted, the only suitable accompaniment for chicken fingers. The fires are also delicious when ordered “Sloppy” style, topped with a loose, hearty chili that is similar to Cincinnati style chili.

Vanilla Malt Milkshake

*photo is of a different milkshake, but you get the idea*

This alone is worth the trip to midtown. The perfect consistency – thick enough to scoop with a spoon but not so thick that it stalls in the straw. Creamy, not icy. Sweet and aromatic with real vanilla flavor. Ask to add a scoop of malt powder for an additional layer of nutty, almost umami flavor. The other flavors are good, especially the coffee, but the vanilla milkshake is by far the best. The malt really brings this milkshake over the top, and is the best that I have had in Manhattan.

Schnipper’s has its pros and cons. Unfortunately, it can be insanely busy at lunchtime, it is a little pricey, and though the chicken fingers are great, I can’t say it’s worth a trip from another part of town. But, if you are in midtown and want a meal that is tasty but isn’t fast food, I would absolutely say head to Schnipper’s.

And, if you are a milkshake fiend, ignore any of the cons. It is worth the money, it is worth the subway or cab fare. Just go there.

Port Authority never had it so good.

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  1. I love how the place looks like a mix between a 50’s diner and a hanger deck from Battlestar Galactica. Is it affordable, for us poor people? Judging by the lady in the first picture I’m guessing Schnippers’ menu requires epic decision making.

    • fritosfg says:

      Haha, yes it is pretty affordable! Like I said, pricey for what you get, but not breaking the bank or anything. Still have to try a burger there, I’m just a chicken finger fiend!

  2. Have you been to Stand4? I hear their milkshakes are phenom, and while I’ve had their burgers (perfectly tasty), I’ve yet to have the milkshakes. I hear toasted marshmallow is fantastic. Also, you’ve just moved Shnipper’s up the list a bit. That salad has my name on it, and I want sloppy fries and a burger. Guess I know what I’m getting next time I’m in HK… which is like, tomorrow. (Haha, not actually, but you know what I mean!)

  3. I ate at Schnipper’s this weekend too!… but the one over by Madison Square Park. Have you noticed the strong resemblance to Shake Shack? Also both happen to be “conveniently” positioned just a couple blocks from Shake Shacks (mad sq. park and 43rd st. + 8th ave location) for when the SS line is just TOO unbearable.