Remember when the Burger Joint was a secret? Opened in the early-aughts, the first Burger Joint looks like a down-on-its-luck coffee shop, located incongruously behind a curtain at the sleek and trendy Le Parker Meridien hotel in Midtown. The Burger Joint menu has about three items–burger, fries, shakes–and the motto is unashamedly unambitious: “If you don’t see it, we don’t have it.”
No surprise, then, that it took a couple of years for the city’s burger aficionados (of which there are legion) to learn just how awesome these patties are. Nowadays, the Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien routinely lands on every “Best NYC Burger” list and, in fact, just last week it won Eater’s Ultimate New York Burger Bracket, beating out the likes of Shake Shack, Brindle Room, J.G. Melon’s, and Bill’s Bar and Burger. A tough but well-deserved win, Burger Joint. Congrats.
Burger Joint Opens a New Location in Greenwich Village
And now, the amazing news: the Burger Joint has expanded, opening a large and inviting new space in a far-more-convenient (for me) spot, right on 8th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, a block away from Washington Square Park. The decor is eccentric and fun. There’s the big lighted EAT sign, for example, and the random monkey sculpture, and the strange red alcove, home to a wraparound booth overseen by a lion. A big bar up front will soon serve tap beers and such, and there are enough booths and tables to feed the sure-to-be masses.
A Basic Menu is All that’s Needed at Burger Joint
The 8th Street Burger Joint menu is the same as the Midtown Burger Joint menu, except everything’s a dollar or two cheaper. You can get a burger, a cheeseburger, or a grilled cheese (hold the burger). The toppings are basic (no bacon, for instance), there’s only one type of fries, and the shakes come in the old-school trio of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry. That’s it! Oh, and there’s a brownie, for dessert. And yet, one meal at Burger Joint and you’ll see why this place gets all the raves.
I went last weekend, wolfed a cheeseburger and fries, loved every bite. Although the bun and toppings are pretty standard, it’s the intensely meaty-tasting patty that makes the Burger Joint so special. And the fries are pretty great, too. Instantly joins my regular rotation of downtown favorites.
The Midtown Burger Joint is located off the lobby of Le Parker Meridien Hotel, on 56th Street and Sixth Avenue. The new downtown Burger Joint is on 8th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, and is open daily at 11:30 a.m., and until 11:00 p.m. on Sunday to Thursday, 12:00 midnight on Friday and Saturday. More info and the complete Burger Joint menu can be found here.