The last time we were in NYC we tried the Burger Joint at The Parker Meridian. This branch is a stand alone site downtown with a full bar.
We arrived at about 8pm on a Friday evening and the bar was very busy with lots of groups of locals and regulars.
Luckily not many people were eating so not only could we get a table but service was also very fast. Our waitress was lovely even helping us to get online with our phones so we could 'tweet' check-in.
The burgers were excellent and well deserving of the place in the top 5 burgers in NYC.
They were juicy, tasty, good meat, good amount of cheese topping and served piping hot.
If I lived in NYC this would be one of my go to places for meeting up with friends and having casual food on a weekend evening.
Burger Joint 33 West 8th Street NYC 10011
From the outside we were not too impressed. I think had we been walking by we probably would not even consider DBGB. The Maitre'd at Betony had suggested this place and since he had also suggested Carbone, we decided to give it a try.
Owner Daniel Boulud created this as his downtown casual dining restaurant. The menu represents this. there are sausages and burgers alongside oyster and seafood platters. The inside is very industrial and the music a bizarre rock/punk/pop mixture. We had the music explained to us, its because the restaurant is named after the famous CBGB club that was a few doors away. Suddenly listening to The Pixies, The Cure and Red Hot Chilli Peppers over dinner made sense (kind of).
The waitress was lovely, attentive and happy to explain anything we questioned. We had oysters and fried calamari to start. I have had some calamari disasters in New York and I am pleased to say that this was not on of them. The batter was light and the calamari cooked perfectly. Next course we both had burgers. They were perfect. A good combination of juicy without making the bun too soggy. Lots of toppings and they come with fries.
We were here on a Wednesday evening and it wasn't too busy, but if you want to get a table in the back dining room I'd suggest booking in advance. They also have a table in the kitchen which I think would be interesting too.
DBGB Bar and Kitchen, 299 Bowery Street, NY 10003 Tel 212 933 5300
Behind a red curtain in the hotel lobby is the door to the Burger Joint. A great little place with AMAZING burgers. The tables are a bit battered, and there is graffiti everywhere adding to the 'hole in the wall' idea. It's fast food style - everything comes in paper with paper plates, and wine and beer in plastic cups. ? This quite clever as it also cuts down on the staff they need as you throw your own rubbish away at the end of the meal. (2 extra bodies bringing food and clearing tables would reduce the space for customers in this tiny spot).
The menu is limited - burgers or cheeseburgers, red wine or beer (or soft drinks) but if you do something this well - why deviate.
The burgers were juicy without being greasy. The fries were tasty - possibly a flavoured sale sprinkled on them ?? And the red wine despite coming out of a bad and being served in a plastic cup was surprisingly drinkable. Speedy service in this word of mouth kind of place and there was still a queue out of the door. I will DEFINITELY be back again !
They have menus with tick boxes on the wall outside the door for non English speakers, reducing the room for error !
I also just discovered it got in The Guardian top ten New York burgers in 2011 too.
The Burger Joint.
Le Parker Meridien, 119 West 56th St.
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