re: Robert Sietsema
I third the emotion. It's my favorite hamburger in
NYC (basic charbroiled beauty). And the grillmen will
cook it the way you specify.
I'm also a sucker for the house dressing at Big
Nick's: a basic vinaigrette with marinated
vegetables. So even though the Greek salad features
the usual assemblage of iceberg lettuce and dried out
celery, it's still a wonderful accompaniment for the
burger (I'm not a fan of New York deli type fries).
Another big plus about Big Nick's: the menu is
massive, and if there are vegetarians in your group,
they'll have a choice of hundreds of items, including
the pizza and pasta from Pizza Joint next door, also
owned by Nick.
re: Dave Feldman
A friend let me have a single bite of her hamburger at the Smith & Wollensky Grill at lunch yesterday, and if a naked half-pound of hand-chopped, charcoal-grilled, blood-rare prime sirloin doesn't constitute the best hamburger in New York, I couldn't tell you what does. Just amazing.