Thursday, 3 January 2013

Best New York City Burger.. Burger Joint, Le Parker Meridian

 This is most certainly the most divisive and polarising topic to have ever graced the pages of this blog. It's sensitive- so sensitive that it's caused a schism in my household.

I'm talking about the New York City burger. 

Last year in NYC I tried the Five Guys burger and said this;

It's naughty, dirty and hopelessly irresistible.
It is a rite of passage for every visitor to the Big Apple; a greasy initiation wreaking arterial havoc and resulting in intense satisfaction.

One of the best burger places in town is 5 guys, which has swept the burger boards  with their 1000-calorie-a-pop portions. Their fries are cooked in peanut oil, making them a little healthier than traditional alternatives. Of course, I ordered an extra large portion, conscious of keeping on top of my 5-a-day; after all this body is a temple. 

But on this trip I tried a new place and now, blogger tail between my legs I am revising my recommendation.

The Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien is renowned for serving the best burgers in the city. I'll level with you, it's been a while since I've had a burger (bites of other people's don't count). But for me, such hunky fare is best served simple; unless it's Cut's all-singing-all-dancing Wagyu burger.

But usually, I am a burger purist. I don't want a brioche bun, sauerkraut from Normandy  or onions carmelised in mountain dew. Just a simple juicy ruffian with a bun of gold.

This is certainly what I got. One bite into this bad boy and I was transported to the burger king of my early 90s childhood, although back then my milk teeth were chomping beef that tasted like it had seen the inside of a crematorium, nowhere close to today's medium-rare succulentnessA rich, smoky sweet flavouraddictively moreish fries and super-smiley American service.

Tip: Expect huge queues. But I'll let you in on a secret... this is how to jump the queue: just before you get there, call and place your order. This lets you jump right to the front to pick it up &pay (cash only).

Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien on Urbanspoon


  1. I could definitely do with a New York Burger right now. Can't remember ever having one on my visits over there. Obviously I'm too obsessed with the hot dogs each time I cross the Atlantic.

  2. 5 guys is awesome - but it's a chain based out of Washington DC. When I was a teen we used to hit the Arlington location before they went nationwide. It used to look like your Burger Joint pictures.... before the franchise remake. These picture from the Burger Joint look incredible. Do you know if it is a New York original or a franchise as well?
    Hope you're having fun in New York - it looks cold based on your pictures!

    1. Hi Kim, sounds like you've had some good times at 5 Guys- trust me, so have I! The Burger Joint is an original and as far as I know the one and only. Viva la Burger! xxx

  3. it reminds me of Good Stuff in DC!

    xo cassy

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  5. those fries look pretty damn mouth watering too!

  6. Looks delicious! You should really try Five Guys or In n Out if you make it to the west coast. x

  7. Thanks for the comments everyone- sounds like most of u live in the NYC anyway so are probably spoilt for choice where fast food is concerned :) lucky things. xxx

  8. Stumbled across your blog and I am so happy someone bogged about this burger!!! :) lived in New York for 2 years and having discovered this took all all my visitors there! We just referred to it as The Best Burger! Having returned home to Ireland a few month ago I really miss these.. :( loving the blog!

  9. Try social eatz on east 53 rd street Nd try the fries with vivi bop burger

  10. The best burger I had in NYC was at the Corner Bistro. SO delicious!