BER-GER BUMMER

Written by Jerry Portwood on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Posts.


Been wanting to check out Brgr,
the new upscale burger joint in Chelsea, ever since I saw the sign go
up on 7th (near 26th St.) since it’s right around from the office. God,
what a disappointment. I first approached last week and a woman was
handing out menus in front of the door. "Are you guys open yet?" I was
surprised since only a few days before it looked like construction
crews were still doing some major work. "Maybe in an hour, we’ve been
having problems." Uh-oh, not a good sign.
The
next two times I shied away due to the line out the door. I’m not
waiting in line for a burger when there’s plenty more to be had. I
tried the new Burgers and Cupcakes going up on 23rd between 7th &
8th and, alas, it was still under construction. So finally, today, the
lines were short so a friend and I made the line. Great digs: love the
exposed ceiling and raw beams. All pretty classy and should be a great
alternative for the chipotle hordes that dominate this dingy part of
Chelsea. Nope. The burger arrived and looked so tiny and lonely on that
oversized tray. My friend’s didn’t look much better with the soggy
sweet potato fries. A guy left his receipt at the table and I saw he
paid $16 for a double burger and fries. SIXTEEN FREAKIN DOLLARS FOR A
BURGER AND FRIES? and the thing is, maybe that would be understandable
if the burgers were big, juicy, slap-yo-mama grade meat/bun
concoctions.

I mean, put goat cheese on something and it’s gonna be
good, but I still wolfed it down in less than two minutes and was
wondering why I wasn’t at Corner Bistro. When the chef asked me what I
thought, it took a lot not to give him an earful, my friend said, "It
could have been bigger." His reply? "You should have gotten a double."
What, for another $2.50? Oh well, now it’s time to head over to Stand
near Union Sq. At least they haven’t done away with their vowels, maybe
that spells better for their brgrs.

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