There’s something perverse about a “deli” being a public company (Nasdaq: BUNZ), let alone being sold on Nasdaq, but this is the world we live in, I guess. Apparently there are other locations around the U.S. that are much nicer than this one, and include wireless Internet access, and sponsor cool music events. This one’s kind of a dump to be honest. It’s not as if it’s any different than any other fast food establishment in midtown, but the mere volume and general grunginess of Manhattan’s air quality hasn’t served this place well. As far as the food goes, it’s basically somewhere between Subway and Cosí, offering their own funky take on the bread thing (they have decided to take the tear the crap out of the top of your mouth approach) and in most cases split the difference cost-wise. Unlike the aforementioned chains, Schlotzsky’s actually bothers putting a little meat on their sandwiches, and tries to spruce up things by varying their menu somewhat. Calling it a deli is kinda like calling Johnny Rockets a diner, but what can we really expect from a company based in Texas? [MF]

1380 6th Ave.