on February 28, 2007
Not all burgers are created equally. Some crumble in your hands, others dissolve your bun into a mushy mess. But when a burger is done right, like those at the New York Burger Co., it's the perfect taste of summer barbecues down by the pool--even in the heart of Manhattan. Hailing from Los Angeles, where crisscrossed palm trees beckon burger lovers to In-N-Out, I have high standards when it comes to quick and inexpensive hamburgers. When I moved here last summer, my fourth order of business (after finding a home, job, and grocery store) was to satisfy my burger craving. It took six months and several restaurants, but a random lunch date landed me at New York Burger Co., and I couldn't have been more delighted.New York Burger Co. is indeed a fast-food restaurant, but the way they serve up their burgers you'd swear it cost $12. Prices start at about $6 for a plain hamburger, and up to $9 for a specialty burger. You can even customize with options that include avocado (a California staple).The patty on my burger was substantial and didn't drip with fat, while the onions I opted for were grilled to perfection. And the bun was soft and tasty, an ideal palette for the 8 or so sauces the Burger Co. offers to spice things up. As a bonus, the restaurant didn't skimp on fries--the large was more than plenty for me and my date.The menu at New York Burger Co. also caters to the salad aficionado and chili lover, so dining with a group shouldn't bring up taste issues. During the lunch hour rush, service was quick enough to get customers on their way in a flash, and we found a table easily. Groups larger than four could encounter a problem finding a table, however.I've tried several burger joints in New York on the recommendation of friends and guidebooks, but nothing has satisfied my craving quite like the burger I had at the New York Burger Co. It's quick, inexpensive, and definitely my new standard for burgers in the city.
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