Sun 9 Oct 2005
The Burger Joint
241 3rd Ave, New York 10003
At 20th St
On the way to my co-worker’s apt for Poker night last week, we stumbled upon a small chalkboard sign on the sidewalk for The Burger Joint advertising $1 sirloin burgers. Ok why not? The burgers are sliders, you know those White Castle mini burgers. But these guys at Burger Joint are pretty serious about their burgers and they taste a hell of like better. They start with a large mound of top sirloin burger and form out the patties by hand, then they grill them on a salamander type griller and serve on a potato bun. I guess this place is pretty hardcore burger joint with the bare essentials – a small counter for about 12 people, old school florescent tube lighting, and a stand up Ms Pac Man arcade machine. When we entered there wasn’t much active conversation going on, just a bunch of serious burger munching customers enjoying their plates of sliders and fries. A majority of the customers were donning the traditional grey uniforms from the NYPD police academy which is a few blocks away. I ordered 3 cheeseburgers at $1.25 each and a tray of french fries. They individually wrap the burgers in waxed butcher paper and tossed them into a brown paper sack. You can also get cheese fries and milk shakes here as well as Red Bull. Although I only had three of the cheeseburgers, I was already stuffed. Much more stuffed than say 5 White Castle burgers. So next time you have a craving for White Castle, you don’t need to hike up to Harlem or Port Authority for some great cheap burgers. A recent restaurant review on the wall talks about how Matthew Broderick and wife Sarah Jessica Parker love this place so I guess the word is out.
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