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.
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.
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.
119 West 56th St.
New York, NY 10019
PAFO Ratings for Burger Joint:
Ambiance 2 stars
Food 3½ stars
Overall rating 3 stars