By Dane Feldman
Photo by Dane Feldman.
Melt Shop has three locations throughout Manhattan, but so far I’ve only been to their 26th Street and 6th Avenue location here in the Flatiron District.
Melt Shop focuses on gourmet grilled cheeses for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu consists mostly of sandwiches focused heavily on cheese, but there are also sides and salads.
I’ve ordered the Buttermilk Fried Chicken sandwich with fried chicken, pepper jack cheese, red cabbage slaw, and Melt Shop’s Melt Sauce on sourdough. This seems to be a fan favorite and I can see why. The chicken is juicy and crispy, the slaw is flavorful but not overwhelming, and the pepper jack blends well with the other flavors. I did find it difficult to eat without making a mess of it, though.
The Dirty: pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, pickled jalapenos, and potato chips on sourdough was much easier to eat and equally enjoyable. I especially liked the combination of pickled jalapenos and potato chips in that it was both unexpected and deliciously salty.
Recently, I’ve discovered my fondness of tater tots and Melt Shop does these better than most places I’ve been. Out of the three types offered, I’ve had their plain tots and their sweet potato tots. Both of which are ideally crispy, not overly salty, and warm.
I intend to get there for breakfast at some point to try out the Big Tex sandwich: scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, bacon, and pickled jalapenos.
Melt Shop offers beer on tap (the 26th street location typically serves PBR), a variety of specialty milk shakes, soft drinks, coffee, and fresh lemonade.
Maybe I’ll try the Mexican Chocolate shake with my Big Tex, but that seems ambitious.
The patio area is spacious, which makes it a wonderful lunch location in the spring, fall, and summer, but during the winter Melt Shop can get a little bit cramped inside. Even if I wanted to dine in rather than take out for lunch, there are rarely empty tables.
The staff is extremely friendly and efficient, but because of the lunch rush the overall experience can be a bit overwhelming at times.