I don’t think that I could ever possibly outdo Paul Croughton’s review of Burger Joint, but I’ll still give you my take on this popular burger bar.

So I’ll tell you flat out- I was disappointed. First off, it was a rainy day. We finally make it to the hotel (the joint is actually in the Le Parker Meridian) only to find this rowdy line next to the check in. I didn’t know what was going on until I saw this lit up neon sign of a burger. And then I realized; this is going to be another Shake Shack episode where wait time is a necessary part of the experience. At least it was indoors this time.

I think we waited a good 20 minutes before we made it into the joint and then another 10 before we actually made it to the register. The whole time, I was squinting to make out the bubbled letters on the cardboard sign plastered above the counter- aka their menu. Nope, even when I parked myself in front of it, I still couldn’t read it. Luckily, they had a backup menu at the register.

Essentially these are your choices if you want a burger

  1. Hamburger or Cheeseburger
  2. Medium Rare, Medium, Medium Well, Well
  3. Mayo, sliced pickles, onion, lettuce, tomato, mustard, ketchup (the WORKS if you want them all)

I held off on the mayo and pickles. Should have held off on the mustard too, and you’ll see why soon enough. But here are my pro’s and con’s:

Pros:

  • The bun is great. They use Arnold’s buns and it holds really well even though the burger itself is actually bigger than expected.
  • The cheese melted perfectly and onto the wrapping paper. I love pulling off melted cheese from the paper when you first unwrap it.

That’s it. It was a “whopping disappointment” (as quoted by Angela) compared to its much hyped reputation.

Cons:

  • Wasn’t too keen on the burger itself. I ordered medium rare, which it was cooked to, but the burger just wasn’t anything special
  • The mustard. The darn mustard! They piled so much of it on that it tasted like wasabi! I’m pretty sure that the mustard ruined the experience for me
  • Size. For $8, it was a darn small burger. Though the burger is thicker than Shake Shack’s, it wasn’t like Corner Bistro’s where everything was stacked so high and you really got your bang for your buck. We left Burger Joint and my stomach still felt a bit empty.

Si ordered a side of fries. For $3.95, they gave a decent amount. It was a full bag afterall. I do have to say that these fries were better than Corner Bistro’s but they still don’t beat the Shack’s.

Angela gave me her blessing before I put this picture up. At least Si seems happy enough.

With everyone pushing against each other and fighting for tables, I probably wouldn’t come here again. The burger was a-okay although the ambiance made you feel like you were smack in the middle of a hip joint in New York City.

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