Burger Joint

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Burger Joint
Midtown West
Kitsch and chichi mingle at this tiny, hidden spot in the posh Parker Meridien. It’s a perfectly re-created burger emporium circa 1972, down to the “wood” paneling, vinyl booths and iconic ingredients, such as Heinz ketchup and Arnold’s buns. The burgers are picture-perfect, too—juicy and flavorful with the perfect degree of char. Get “the works,” with tomato, lettuce, pickle, mayo and red onion. The fries are only fair, but milk shakes are thick and good.
Venue name: Burger Joint
Address: Le Parker Meridien Hotel, 119 W 56th St
New York
Cross street: between Sixth and Seventh Aves
Opening hours: Daily 11am–11:30pm
Transport: Subway: F, N, Q, R to 57th St
Price: Average burger: $5. Cash only
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Pat M

Love this "hidden" gem! I discovered Burger Joint a few years back when some coworkers and I wanted to try something new and a bit different for lunch in the heart of Midtown. This place didn't disappoint. It has a bit of a speakeasy feel since there is no signage for it in the lobby of the posh hotel. The room where Burger Joint is located is decorated with cult classic movie posters on wood paneling that is fit for your mom's basement, but it has charm. The burgers and fries are simple, but like Shake Shack and other popular casual burger establishments, it's all you'll need. Be courteous and don't hang around too long after finishing your meal if you're there during peak lunch hours during the work week - the room is small and the line tends to wrap well out into the lobby.