Turns out I was the ahole, having completely borked the rendezvous by going to the Times Square location rather than the West 57th Street spot. Oops. We rainchecked for the following week, and I met him at the right spot, where he was holding down a two-person booth under mini plaques inscribed with the names David J. Fiorina and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, among others. He was itching to plow through some burgerage.
Since this is one of Food Dude's favorite New York burgers and he knew his way around the fare, I let him guide me on the order, figuring I'd ape his style. He opted for the cheeseburger deluxe, menu description: "Custom ground beef, Vermont cheddar cheese, smokehouse bacon, frizzled onion rings, and served with french fried potatoes. 'Best Burger in New York, Gael Greene, New York magazine '07'." Food Guy ordered it medium-rare, so I didn't even have to break rank with him on the doneness.
From his report on the place, I knew that the "frizzled onion rings" were actually served on the burger. I already liked this place.
The beef-to-bun ratio was about as perfect as you'd want; as the Food Guy noted in his write-up, it's hearty enough to stand up to the heft of the patty but not overwhelmingly bready.
At $15.95, it's a bit spendy, but it's worth the splurge every now and again. And the price includes a side of respectable fries—not quite steak wedges but not skinny-mini McD's-style, either.
Both NYC Food Guy and Gael Greene are correct. This is a burger worth raving about.
212 West 57th Street, New York NY 10019 (near Seventh Ave.; map)
Want Fries with That? It's not like you have a choice; they come with. But they're actually good enough I might consider them even if they weren't included.
Additional Location: 155 West 43rd Street, New York NY 10036 (at Broadway; map)
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