Burger Joint would look like. But its setting in a corner of the swank Parker Meridien hotel in Midtown, hidden behind a heavy curtain with a glowing neon burger sign indicating its presence, is not what you would expect.
All that's on offer are hamburgers, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese and the traditional partners — fries and milkshakes. Yet it has a reputation that can spawn long lines. But going for an early Sunday lunch, my dining companions and I avoided the crowds.
Shake Shack, which I've found to be my favorite. And it's become hard to beat. These burgers, at $7-$8, cost more, but you get a slightly larger patty, which you can specify how you want cooked. They're good, but could use more seasoning (some version of a Shake Shack sauce). You get a large bag of thin-cut fries for just under $4, which are worth ordering but which you'll want to wave the salt shaker over them.
If you can manage to skip the line, Burger Joint is a fun spot to grab a bite to eat, but I wouldn't wait too long for it. (But then again, I don't even wait for Shake Shack.)