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New York's no stranger to gonzo burgers—ramen-noodle buns and what not—but Philadelphia's PYT has been making a sport of such extreme patty-bun innovations since 2009. At the retro-fitted Bowery outpost, hop onto chrome-rimmed stools at a black-tiled counter for artery-clogging Philly holdovers, including the glazed Doh! Nut Burger with chocolate bacon and a cheesesteak-pretzel version with extra cheddar, cheese whiz and fried onions. Exclusive to the New York location is a pricey ($64, to be exact) Reserved for Basquiat, nodding to the famed street artist with shaved black truffle and Japanese sea salt crowning a fatty blend of Wagyu rib eye from Japan Premium Beef just around the corner. Owner Tommy Up pulled longtime cohort and fellow Philly native Christopher Thomas to design the throwback space, which calls up the Max cafeteria from ’90s teen sitcom Saved By the Bell with zig-zag patterned wall prints, light fixtures made from repurposed neon pool noodles and a video-game console doubling as a door to the backroom pizza speakeasy, SRO.
|Cross street:||between Bond and Great Jones Sts|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to Bleecker St|
|Price:||Average main course: $11. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
|Opening hours:||Daily 5-11pm|
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