Burger Joint

My friend showed me an unusual burger joint which was hidden in the most unexpected place. To get there, you have to walk into the lobby of Le Parker Meridien in Midtown, then walk around behind the spiffy hotel staff and main desk area to a small, unassuming curtain that could easily pass for a cleaner’s room or a staff-only office. Behind that curtain awaits a funky little dive bar/burger joint that seems the most unlikely match for the fancy decor of the hotel.

Beer came in pitchers, burgers came in little paper sleeves and fries came in plastic baskets, just like a classic, American burger joint. The walls were covered in memorabilia and graffiti, the menu was scrawled on the wall and the register was cash-only. The burgers were decent, but definitely belonged to the greasy rather than gourmet category. The best part wasn’t really the food but the feeling that I’d found a secret little bar. It could almost have passed for a local college pub, like a hideaway where rich people pretend to be shabby students again.

Speaking of the unexpected, What Does The Fox Say? – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE

4 Responses to “Burger Joint”
  1. sherine says:

    but was the burger any good?

    • Nato says:

      Not really, not by my standards; too greasy. I like restaurant/gourmet burgers, but Americans love greasy burgers like Shake Shack, Five Guys and Cheeburger – basically McDonalds burgers but a bit bigger and tastier. I’d go back but only for the vibe.

      • sherine says:

        so we have Shake Shack here now and a Five Guys in islington – burgers are….excessive…

  2. Nato says:

    Shake Shack! The burgers are still too Yanky/greasy for me, but the Concretes are amazeballs.

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