Call me a cheap skate, but I’m someone who feels there is something fundamentally wrong when you have to pay more than five dollars for a hamburger. I mean, it’s just a hamburger for God’s sake, not a filet mignon. Yet, there is that appeal of buying a high-end burger from such popular places as Shake Shack, Five Guys and Umami, perhaps because unlike what you get at fast food joints and diners, there’s more of a premium with the quality of the meat, how it’s cooked, and the type of fixings it comes with. It might make me sound uncouth, but I’ll take a hamburger in any form, from the good ol’ White Castle sliders to the deluxe special at a Greek diner.
There does a come point, though, when you do kind of get tired of McDonald’s, and having recently run out of other lunch option in my neighborhood, I decided to splurge a bit and try out The Burger Bistro, a relatively recent joint in Bay Ridge on 72nd Street and Third Avenue. When it first opened, I didn’t think it would last given that Bay Ridge is kind of a blue collar neighborhood that wouldn’t go for a burger that starts at $9.25 (and that is without a side order and/or a drink); also, there is a McDonald’s just a block away. Yet, the Burger Bistro has survived and it draws customers each time I pass by there. (more…)