May 5, 2005
The Burger Joint on 3rd Avenue and 20th Street
Over the weekend, I went to The Burger Joint on 3rd Ave and 20th St (241 3rd Ave) for some eating, which regular readers will know I'm always up for. The Burger Joint shouldn't be confused with Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridian, which is totally different. The Burger Joint serves tiny burgers with freshly ground beef and very few options. Customers have their choice of cheese, grilled onions, and how they want their burger done. That's it. No lettuce, no tomato. If so inclined, one can double their burger/cheeseburger.
Possibly the best feature of The Burger Joint is their selection of sodas. Besides Stewart's, RC Cola, and the like, they have Bosco (!!) mixed into a chocolate soda form. George Costanza would surely be upset.
And if that's not enough reason, it's cheap and they use potato rolls for buns. A cheeseburger costs a mere $1.00 and a cheeseburger is $1.25. I would not recommend getting four burgers and an order fries. A bit too filling.
Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 8:04 AM
Does that mean the average cheeseburger cost is $1.125?
Posted by: joe at May 5, 2005 8:54 AM
well, they also have doubles of each for a little more. so no, that's not the average cost.
Posted by: tien at May 5, 2005 9:05 AM
you ate 4 burgers? (and 4 orders of fries? or one order of fries?)
i think i'm gonna be sick if it's the latter.
Posted by: yp at May 5, 2005 10:03 AM
no no. one order of fries. and i didn't even finish them.
Posted by: tien at May 5, 2005 10:05 AM
you didn't finish the fries? what is wrong with you?
Posted by: corie at May 5, 2005 10:24 AM
is there one of these in chelsea too? i thought i remembered seeing one around there..
Posted by: rachelle at May 5, 2005 10:26 AM
my joke was too obscure. You wrote a "cheeseburger costs a mere $1.00 and a cheeseburger is $1.25", hence the average price.
Do they have milkshakes? I've been craving a burger, fries and a shake.
Posted by: joe at May 5, 2005 10:41 AM
This might be the first time I've ever seen a food picture here and not been appetized by it. Those burgers look weak. :)
Posted by: Maine at May 5, 2005 11:22 AM
good thing you didn't show the front of that menu/postcard it's scary.
i've been there twice the first time i loved it it was late an old guy was there working the counter and i left happy. the second time there was a bunch of people ordering and young guy (first photo) in the blue shirt was just learning things and 5 people in a group kept changing their order and i finished my fries long before my hamburgers made it to me.
also their a choice of pickels yes?
Posted by: david at May 5, 2005 5:34 PM
if you want good, small burgers go to schnack in brooklyn. its at 122 union between columbia and hicks. place is awesome.
Posted by: Tom Beam at May 5, 2005 5:55 PM
corie, i didn't finish b/c i was full. i know, novel concept.
rachelle, i think this is the only one in the city.
joe, no shakes. the closest thing you'll get there is the bosco.
maine, sorry to disappoint. they are about the size of white castle burgers.
david, no choices in pickle. just one kind.
Posted by: tien at May 5, 2005 5:57 PM
Rachelle, are you thinking of Pop Burger? They're on 9th near the Chelsea Market and they have the little burgers.
Posted by: joe at May 5, 2005 11:54 PM
This place is great. Sure the burgers are a little smaller than at your average fast food joint, but they taste so good. The place is a little hole in the wall and the grill is small, but they still manage to crank out 15-20 of these things at a time.
Posted by: Jonathan at May 6, 2005 8:24 AM
no.. i've been to pop burger. it was some other place i passed by.
Posted by: rachelle at May 6, 2005 8:30 AM
rachelle - you thinking of a place called better burger? http://betterburgernyc.com/home.html anyone eaten there? i saw something about air-baked fries and got turned off.
Posted by: jeannette at May 6, 2005 4:25 PM
better burger's fries blow. they are crinkle cut. and their burgers are expensive and not really that great.
Posted by: tien at May 6, 2005 4:34 PM
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