Monday, October 13, 2008

Paul's Place

We went on a burger bender today.

After lab meeting, I was talking about burgers with a bunch of people in lab, and John said that all this burger talk was making him hungry. So either Priscilla or I said, let's get burgers! But we were the only ones willing to follow through. Anyway, I called Mabel and she called Hyman (they both had the holiday off), and we all headed to Burger Joint for lunch.

I love their fries. I got a shake. I was thinking that Burger Joint is my favorite place for a burger, when you factor in the fries. The only problem is that, like most other burger places, the meat seems to be underseasoned. Otherwise, it's great.

But for some odd reason, Mabel and I wanted more. I mean, we were full after lunch, but that just stoked our craving for burgers. So I took her to Paul's Place for dinner.

I like this place. I think I've been twice before, once around the time I first arrived in New York, and another time more recently. The most recent visit, I was with Ben C, we were waiting for a table, and for some reason I was trying to remember Macbeth's tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow speech. I was struggling through it until the guy waiting behind us started reciting it for me:
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.

I can never think of a quick rejoinder to that speech.

Anyway, Paul's is still as satisfying as I remembered it. Their burger is humongous.

The patty could use more salt, but I decided to salt it myself and it was even better. Good burger. And I like the vibe of the place. For some reason it reminded me of Philadelphia, in a good way.

Mabel says that Paul's burger is juicy but underseasoned. She still likes Burgers & Cupcakes best.

Paul's Place
131 2nd Ave (near St Marks Pl)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 529-3033


Joshua said...

Paul's is my favorite burger spot in Manhattan. Not only is the burger great, but they do all the other stuff really well. They offer both sweet potato fries and spicy curly fries. And both the sauteed mushrooms and sauteed onions are perfect. And the pickles are also perfect.

Five Napkin Burger, which just opened on ninth ave across from Rudy's is also really really good.

David said...

Awesome. I'm glad I went to your favorite burger place! I got spicy fries, but they weren't curly. Mabel wanted to get sweet potato fries but she changed her mind at the last minute. We'll get them next time.

I've never heard of Five Napkin Burger, but I'll make sure it check it out. Do they give you exactly five napkins? You only get five napkins! No more! Who do you think we are, Six Napkin Burger? Seven Napkin Burger?