Random Burger Joint

When you step inside the Le Parker Meridien Hotel, you’re greeted by a well-groomed staff and a spiffy, relatively modern lobby.  It’s not exactly as cool and hip as a W Hotel, but it definitely seems to make an effort toward that brand of accommodations.  You would never expect to find a place like the Burger Joint which is an in-house eatery that serves burger and fries.  It’s hard to really call it a restaurant, because it is more like a room attached to a kitchen that is tucked away in the back corner of the hotel.  In fact, if it weren’t for the whiff of greasy burgers in the air, no one would ever know something was back there.

 

Burger Joint Dining Room

With its low-lit lighting, graffiti-covered walls and random movie posters and pictures hanging around the room, it totally feels random.  I couldn’t help but ask myself, “What is this place doing here?”  I’m not sure what the relationship is between Burger Joint and Le Parker Meridien, but I felt stupefied by how disconnected it seemed they were from each other.  Pdho had eaten here before and suggested we try it out.

 

Burger and Fries

In the spirit of a late night dive bar kind of place, the food came prepared without much care for presentation.  The french fries were thrown into a brown paper bag and the burger looked like it was just slapped together.  It wasn’t pretty, but it definitely tasted much better than it looked.  The burger was well cooked and the bun was toasted.  Topped with ketchup, mustard, mayo, tomatoes and lettuce, it wasn’t amazing by any means, but it made for a tasty late night snack.  The fries were cut thicker and weren’t crispy enough for my liking, but they were fine.

All in all, it’s not an amazing place, but the food is solid and hits the spot when you’re craving something rich and juicy.  Prices are rather reasonable in spite of its location in the swanky Le Parker Meridien.  It’s worth a try if you’re in the area and craving something tasty and greasy.

 

Burger Joint
119 West 56th St.
New York, NY 10019

PAFO Ratings for Burger Joint:
Price $½
Ambiance 2 stars
Food 3½ stars
Overall rating 3 stars

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. TE says:

    This is the most overrated burger joint in NYC. It’s only cool factor is that it’s hidden. Fries suck. I actually went to Mickey D’s to get fries afterwards. Give me Goodburger or Five Guys any day over this. Burgers are good, but not worth the price or WAIT. NYC’s best burger is SHAKE SHACK. But also, not worth the wait.

  2. Docndo says:

    It’s a good thing this place is hard to find because you’ll end up spending twice the price of an In n’ Out sized burger that is half as good.

    1. TE says:

      Agreed! They should get rid of Burger Joint and put in the east coast’s only In ‘n’ Out. Now that would be tourist worthy.

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