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Posted by Orangutan123 on 08/05/2007
Better than burger joint and Shake Shack, IMO, the burger at Corner Bistro was thick, tender, juicy and fairly flavorful (i.e. not too heavily-seasoned so that you can taste the meat). The bacon was thick but dry, tough and room temperature at best (i.e. it had been sitting around for a while). Just skip the bacon next time... Value was great ($6 + tax/tip); service was prompt; and atmosphere was pretty much what you would expect from an old pub.
Posted by Burger_Master on 08/03/2007
If you've never been to the Bistro (New Yorkers never call it the Corner Bistro), then don't believe these negative reviews from people who claim to be New Yorkers or have lived here for "years" and yet have never been to W4th & Jane. Hogwash. The Bistro isn't just about a delicious burger, which it has, it's about an experience. Where else can you pay $2.50 for a beer (used to be $2 a few yrs ago)? Where else can you go watch the yanks game or get some late night grub at 3:30 am? I almost puked when I read reviews of people claiming "poor service" and "tacky ambiance." You're getting served a juicy burger on a paper plate for $5, if you want service and ambiance go back to the meatpacking district. I've lived in NYC for over 6 years and been to the Bistro on more times than I can remember. Yes the line sucks but the burger is worth it. On occasion (and I mean rarely) they overcook the beef, but more often than not it's cooked to perfection. And since I know what I'm talking about when it comes to burgers, you may be curious as to what are the top burgers in NYC. Well here they are: 1. Bistro (of course) 2. JG Melons 3. Shake Shack (tie-better bun), Burger Joint (tie-better patty) 5. PJ Clarke's (midtown location) 6. Old Town Bar & Grill 7. BRGR (recently opened) 8. Island Burgers 9. Blue 9 Burger (carbon copy of In and Out) 10. Rare Bar & Grill Have no gone to Dumont's because there is no need to go to Brooklyn. So there you have it, do not believe the nonsense from people who know nothing about burgers or are not from New York. The Bistro is the best burger in town, end of story.
Posted by curtiskrause on 07/10/2007
With an impending move to the West Coast, I considered corner bistro one of roughly ten remaining passport stamps i needed to fill before I could say goodbye to the city I've loved for five years. Corner Bistro's burgers were regarded to be the city's best. I walked in with admittedly high expectations - noone is more disappointed than me to share that I walked out with those expectations hopelessly dashed. I feel like a real lemming. It didn't start out well as the flies-to-patron ratio was heavily skewed in the flies' favor. Cleanliness just didn't pop up in the word association with this place. The bistro burger arrived and it wasn't juicy, the meat wasn't flavorful (like Shake Shack's which uses sirloin + ground brisket for the taste), and the bacon was so hardened from sitting out since the morning shift when it was most likely cooked, that it actually resisted my futile attempts at breaking the pieces in two.
Posted by supadoc on 07/08/2007
I was visiting NY and my cousin who is local recommended this place because it has "the best burger in town". The service was mediocre. There weren't many people when we visited but we had to wait around 30 mins for our order. The burger is plain, lacking flavor. The fries were good. Overall I wouldn't recommend this place to visitors wanting a good burger.
Posted by UWS Restaurant Hound on 05/29/2007
It's good quality meat, but I have to agree with some of the others here that it is somewhat lacking in flavor. Also, it fails one of my primary burger tests: the bun doesn't hold up to (or hold) the burger. Halfway through the meat, the bun is thoroughly sogged and becomes useless as a handle for the beef. Much of the second half of the burger ended up crumbling onto the plate, forcing me to either give it up or eat it like a cad--I chose the latter. Given the wait and the lackluster service, it's the kind of thing you can try once, check it off your list, and probably not go back to unless you're in the neighborhood.
Posted by nycgal on 05/20/2007
went on a friday night around 9. there was a line, of course, but since it runs in front of the bar, we drank as we waited, and it was just fine. plus the beers are super cheap. the place is definitely a dive, but such a classic experience. the burgers are delicious and not greasy - i didn't feel gross after i left. i highly recommend checking this place out. i'll definitely be back soon!
Posted by wimpy on 01/25/2007
I've eaten here several times over the years. It's always been a semi-dive bar with better than average burgers: nothing fancy or exceptional, fried, a bit greasy, served on paper plates with potato chips. I thought the meat had a rather plain taste and there wasn't that great greasy alchemy you get from the best burger joints . For some folks the Corner might have "the best burger in town" but not for me and not in this town. And local color gets tired when it becomes self-conscious.