NEW YORK CITY | Burger Joint @ Le Parker Meridien was one of our favourite burger joints anywhere when we first visited New York back in 2011. To find it you have to go through an unmarked red curtain to the side of the reception desk at the Le Parker Meridien hotel into dive-like graffiti and poster covered wall venue, nothing like the upmarket hotel that houses it. The place back in the day was cash only, and you had to know exactly what you wanted by the time you reached the front of the line or you were promptly sent to the back.
Today the ordering rules are less strict, and cards are accepted, but perhaps the most obvious difference is the clientele. Whereas before Burger Joint was clearly a place full of locals in the know, it’s now a place that a lot of tourists know about too. On top of that it’s no longer a single burger shop. Burger Joint now has outlets in Brooklyn, Singapore, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. To us this is all irrelevant, all we wanted to know was if the burger still tasted as good as we remembered.
The answer to that question is, that it’s hard to tell. In 2011 the current burger explosion had only just started. Even Shake Shack only had a few NYC locations at that point in time. In the past 7 years a lot of excellent burger spots have opened up all over the world and we’ve lost count of how many fantastic burgers we had. When we got to the front of the line we decided to go for the burger we remembered – a double cheeseburger with the lot (lettuce, tomato, onion, sliced pickles, mustard, ketchup and mayo).
The first thing we noticed when our burger was ready is we need not have gone for the double. The beef patties, cooked perfectly medium rare, are very thick, no Shake Shack or In-N-Out style patty here. The burger taste wise is still fantastic – the ingredients are well balanced, the patty is, as mentioned earlier, cooked just right, and it all holds together nicely inside the soft bun. While the burger didn’t wow us like it did back in 2011, we think this is probably more due to the fact that the competition is so much more fierce now, rather than any decline in Burger Joint itself. Definitely a spot worth visiting if you find yourself in Manhattan.
Burger Joint @ Le Parker Meridien
119 W 56th Street
New York 10019
Telephone: 212 708 7414
Sun – Thu: 11:00am to 11:30pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am to 12:00am