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Posted by Anonymous on 02/09/2013
I first went to Joy almost 3 years ago, & I can't believe I didn't review it then, because I loved it. Since then, I haven't been back much, but I just stopped in tonight with my roommate, & I'm still in love. I really enjoy my burgers unseasoned, so Joy's approach is wonderful to me. I've eaten Joy burgers with vegetable add-ons only & with sauces, & I've really enjoyed both variations. I like that I can get a midi-sized burger that doesn't feel paper thin & chewy & leave me to fill up on fries, but doesn't send me into a coma once I stagger home either. Juuust right. But I think what I really love about Joy is the setting. The decor is so comforting to me. For some reason, the old-fashioned diner chairs & stools & tables don't strike me as tacky or silly, like the similar decor of Chat & Chew. The open-air feeling that the huge windows create always makes it feel like summer. & I adore that it's at the top of that treacherous hill, at the foot of Spanish Harlem, so I can see the bridge all lit up & twinkling like a constellation while I'm sauntering home.
Posted by momo b on 02/07/2013
This place is a legend in the making- The burgers absolutlely rock.. always very juicy and something about the very fine lean minced beef that gives it a great texture. When I say lean though I dont mean dry and bland as these burgers are greasy and juicy as ever! The fine grains of meat hug each other very well so each bite ensures the next bite will be just as good unlike the burgers that are loaded with too much fat which fall apart after a couple of bites. The patty is always bigger than the bun but just right and not monsterously so that all the ingredients meld together and dont overpower each other. The juices are also just right and never soak the buns to oblivion- My brother visits this place 3 times a week since its opening; guess its a good thing he lives only a block away. The burgers can be topped with an assortment of sauces but I would highly recommend the Garlic mayo and spicey mayo.. YUM! The burgers come in 3 sizes but I always go for the Maxi = BIGGEST. Prices are very reasonable too. I havent tried their shakes but I hear they are awesome. They also serve terrific crispy buffalo wings- not drenched in sauce. Onion rings are great.. fries are pretty good too (they are like fried potato discs if i remember correctly) The place is run by 2 brothers and their pop I think- and one of them looks exactly like SYLER from Heros! Might I add they are very nice people- I've been there a few times and each time they asked how it was for me- my reply in a huge grin: orgasmic! d(^.^)b
Posted by SpaHaPoncho on 02/06/2013
I feel like I was tricked. I had been told by a friend that this was one of their favorite burgers of all time. I didn't realize the genre was "low grade fast food". The burger was so sloppy that using my hands was nearly impossible. By the time I opened the wrapper this burger was sitting in a sweaty pool of grease. The burger was so mushy that it tasted like all the ingredients had been put into a blender. I ate half, and will never eat Joy Burger again.
Posted by UESer2012 on 11/27/2012
I have been a huge fan of Joy Burger since they have opened and have always thought they were a great deal. They have had a few incremental increases in prices over the past couple of years which is understandable. Unforunately they just raised their prices and it wasn't a small increase. A majority of their burgers and salads increased a dollar. That is a huge jump. I have ordered from Joy a lot since it was a great deal but I will be ordering less from them now that they have increased their prices so dramatically. My usual order jumped 10%. That is crazy!
Posted by Phat Girl on 09/09/2012
After waiting 30 minutes for my Pick Up (suppose to be 15 min.) the burger was ok but the fries are so undercook the poor things look like noodles :(
Posted by Courtney on 09/03/2012
I used to LOVE Joy Burger and told every New Yorker I know and visiting tourists 'bout their amazing burgers and awesome sweet potato fries! The prices were right and the burgers the best! I even used to come all the way from Brooklyn to East 100th 'cause the one downtown wasn't open back then. So when I moved to Spanish Harlem, I was delighted to be able to get delivery. But now the prices are way too high - $13.95 for a single burger fries and a drink. In addition, my delivery burger was mushy with a bun so soggy it was like oatmeal! I had to scrape it off. The staff is still ace and the food I had in-store still good, if costly. But they need to watch sending out uncooked and soggy delivery!
Posted by JTARTG on 05/07/2012
I've been ordering from this place since it first opened. I would order weekly from this place, but lately I've been ordering less. I could actually go weeks without eating from here because the prices keep going up. Every time I go check their menu now it's a different price. Before I would only pay .75 cents to add avocado to my burger and now in less than a few months it's hiked up to 1.25. For that I'll go buy a whole avocado and add it myself. Like I said the food is good, but the prices just keep changing. The same exact meal I would order before, now cost me 4 or 5 bucks more.