I had just moved to the city (NYC), alone and not knowing a soul, so my thing to do on Saturdays was roaming around town and find cool, low-key places with succulent burgers. Burgers make me happy and feel at home. Obviously I was always guided by my instincts, a folded and faded NYC map, and most importantly my true companion during that time was whatever tune was blaring through my early 2000 Bose headphones.
The connection to music and tasty burgers paved my way through this city and led me to amazing places, often meeting cool, down-to-earth people with a taste for the finer things, and yet ready to go.
The first place I actually fell for is called “The Burger Joint”. Hidden behind strong red curtains inside a chic and posh midtown hotel. As you walk into the lobby the smells make a new hotel guest wonder if they’re in the right place. One second the grease flying through the air seduces, then another you are attacked by hotel lobby potpourri mixed with the famous Windex.
This simple but yet glorious burger can only be paired with “Je Pense A Toi” by Amadou And Mariam. Just like the song, this burger goes straight to the point. No need for anything over the top. Soft yet toasted bun, lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles, juicy burger patty, two slices of cheese with Dijon mustard and ketchup. Simple formula to reach perfection; bass, hand drums, haunting bluesy guitars, with pared down vocals longing for love. The simple addition of the vocal harmonies, just as the strong Dijon mustard, gives the ideal kick that takes both of our subjects to heaven status. The manna-like cooked french fries compliment the burger magically similar to the violin between the verses; passionate and simplistic in all its complexity.
The lyrics from this song sum up this establishment perfectly.
Certains t’ont promis la terre
(You’ve been promised the world by some)
D’autres promettent le ciel
(Others promised the skies)
Il y en a qui t’ont promis la lune
(Some promised you the moon)
Et moi je n’ai rien que ma pauvre guitare
(And me, I’ve nothing but my poor guitar)
Hope you’ll get around to taste this burger. If not, I hope you liked the song… If not, well I guess you and I don’t have much to talk about.
P.S: I took Krista on our first date to this joint. Ended up eating 5 burgers, 2 orders of fries, a vanilla shake and a brownie between us. I knew she was the one after such a meal!
Both Krista and I still go to this place on a regular basis and are friends with all the awesome people that work there.
Things to know about “The Burger Joint”
- They only serve hamburgers and cheeseburgers
- Vegeterian? You can only get the most awesome, hmmm grilled cheese
- If you don’t know what you’re ordering, you’ll get kicked to the back of the line. So be ready and in a moment of panic, yell, “The works, fries & and shake!”…medium rare, of course.
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