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Le Parker Meridien Hotel, 119 W. 56th St., nr. Sixth Ave. (Midtown West)
New York, NY
(1) 212-708-7415 | www.parkermeridien.com
HOURSSun.-Thurs.: 11:00am-11:30pm; Fri.-Sat.: 11:00am-12:00am
BEST FORLunch; dinner
PRICE (BURGER)USD 6-8
FAMOUS PLATESHamburger; cheeseburger; grilled cheese
DRINKS AND WINEMilkshake; Sam Adams; wine; sodas
# OF SEATSLess than 50
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
SUBWAY57th St. (F); 5th Ave.-59th St. (N, Q, R); 5th Ave.-53rd St. (E, M)
Off the lobby of Le Parker Meridien hotel, at the end of a tiny nondescript hallway and marked by only a neon sign, sits one of the (literally) hidden gems of the New York burger business. This hip hangout is a glorified hole-in-the-wall, with everything from vinyl booths and wooden chairs to those standard ketchup squeeze bottles. Old-time movie pin-ups and sports clippings litter the walls while, at the back, stark light from the grill behind the counter illuminates the windowless interior. With lines often snaking out into the hotel lobby, this dimly lit and funkified burger joint may attribute its wide popularity to its own quite limited menu, which reads “If you don’t see it, we don’t have it.” There is no table service here, so order at the counter and eat in a booth, if you're one of the lucky few that manage to nab one.
An odd mix of suits, hotel guests, checklist tourists, and foodies.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Really anything goes. The scene here is very casual, so try a funky tee, cute shorts or jeans, and strappy sandals.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; groups; yourself
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s kind of exciting to know a place like this not only exists, but thrives within one of the fanciest hotel establishments in town. The menu is simple but sweet, offering the best of burger fare without diluting it with fancy or superfluous items.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The dreaded “No Reservations” policy. Lines are almost always long, especially at peak meal times and on weekend afternoons. And even after waiting for your meal, you may not be lucky enough to grab a seat in the free-for-all “battle.” Elbows out, friends.
GOOD TO KNOW
This hole-in-the-wall joint lives up to all hole-in-the-wall expectations: cash only (no credit cards accepted), no table service, and no reservations (be prepared to wait in line). The fare is strictly burgers (and fixings), fries, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Soda, water, and wine are also served, but the only beer on tap is Sam Adams. Groups can opt for the USD 17 beer pitcher to make things easier. After 1:30pm, milkshakes are served.
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