Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Corner Bistro

The Corner Bistro. Most belovéd burger joint in New York City. It is packed to the brim at night, but it is a great place to go for a weekday lunch.

I haven't had a burger since my visit to the doctor (literally on the day I saw my doctor), and that was about 2 weeks ago, so I figured I was due for a burger. There are two important quotes/principles that I expect will keep me compliant with my Michael Pollan diet. The first is "Everything in moderation, including moderation" which I read in his book, Food Rules. The other is: Sin boldly!

The last time I was able to come here for lunch was a little over a year ago when I was writing my thesis. In the afternoons it's relatively quiet, the sun is coming in through the windows, and you're sitting with your burger, fries, and McSorley's while the regulars drink their day away at the bar.

I tried to snap this photo to capture that sense of things.

I don't think it conveys that sense, mostly because of my photographic skills, but also because it's even emptier than I remember it and the light's not quite right.

Also, upon closer inspection of the photograph I noticed this guy leering at me.

Bike Snob would characterize this gentleman as nonplussed.

For my meal I ordered the Bistro Burger, fries, and a McSorley's.

When I first moved to New York, I had the impression that Corner Bistro had the best burger. But the times I went the burger tended to be a bit crumbly. Well, today the burger tasted fantastic. I don't know if it's the way they cooked it, the quality of the meat, my mood, or the fact that I haven't had a burger for a while, but it was awesome. Everything came together just right. The fries were done just okay, but they tasted great because I haven't had fries in a really long time (really long time when talking about fries for me is 2 weeks). And I think McSorley's beer is great, especially when it's only $2.50.

Corner Bistro
331 W 4th St (at Jane St)
New York, NY 10014

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