Best burger in town? Come see for yourself at this divey West Village landmark, where prices are astonishingly low and burgers & beers are ordered by the masses. The Corner Bistro is one of those places that you’ve got to try as a New Yorker, so bring your buddies, meat-eating girlfriend or parents – just maybe not someone you’ve only started seeing (as devouring a thick, juicy burger tends to get sloppy).
If you don’t mind waiting in line or being cramped at a table or booth, the Corner Bistro is certainly worth a visit. This NYC staple, known for its burger, is a change of pace from the typical restaurants in the neighborhood. Even from the outside, Corner Bistro looks more like a dive bar you’d find on the side of the highway rather than in the quaint West Village. The wait staff is sluggish at best due to the heavy traffic, but you didn’t go there for the service.
Their burger is often dubbed the “Best In New York City,” and with that kind of hype, you’ve got to judge for yourself. Served on a paper plate that will inevitably act as a grease sponge, it’s eight ounces of meat with your choice of cheese or bacon for under $7. Probably the most surprising thing about this burger joint is the beer; you might pay $8 for a Stella Artois at a neighboring bar, but here it’s less than five bucks.
Tourists fill the small restaurant, likely because it’s mentioned in most guides to NYC, but locals of all ages swing by as well.
Waiting in line is to be expected if you go during prime eating times. If you want to avoid the crowds, weekday afternoons are your best bet (keep this in mind the next time you call out “sick”). It’s cash only, but there’s an ATM on premises.
Fries, sandwiches, burgers & chili from $2.50+.
January 26, 2012