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srk1 Jun 23, 2005 09:22 PM

Craving a really good, no-frills patty melt, like my midwestern mama would have taken me to eat at a Perkins - grilled rye bread, with plenty of onions and swiss. Can this be found in NYC?

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    Fat Dog Casserole Jun 23, 2005 10:33 PM

    I think somebody has to get themself to a Friendly's pronto! And get a Fribble as well....

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      Brian W Jun 24, 2005 11:54 PM

      I agree that Friendly's always made a great patty melt but things seemed to have changed. We stopped in a Friendly's up near Glens Falls, NY last year and the patty melt was disgusting, as was just about everything else we ordered. The place had the look of a lunch counter attached to a bus terminal. It was a Friendly's in a parallel universe, something I thought couldn't happen.

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      bookistan Jun 24, 2005 09:17 AM

      It will be really hard to find a patty melt on a NY menu. I think I had one somewhere once and it was pretty bad; way too greasy. While a patty melt will never be considered diet food, it needs to be made so that meat is juicy, but not so much so that the bread becomes soggy. It's much more of a California and midwest thing, where a good patty melt can be a thing to behold. Unfortunately, it may be like a great San Francisco-type burrito - just doesn't exist here.

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        ultbil Jun 24, 2005 09:24 AM

        Johnny Rockets has an OK patty melt and I think that most diners have them (Renaissance - 52nd and 9th, Fellana - 33rd and Lex).

        Most of the patty melts I've had tend to be a bit greasy...isn't that to be expected?

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          MichaelZ Jun 24, 2005 10:59 AM

          Try Burger Heaven - several spots in Midtown. E. 49th btwn 5th and Madison and a few blocks further up Madison. Not bad at all..

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            JoeM Jun 24, 2005 11:40 AM

            There's a Steak N' Shake about seven and a half hours away....

            Link: http://maps.google.com/maps?spn=6.504...

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              Mickey Blue Jun 24, 2005 03:29 PM

              My Mama never gave me no Patty melt :-(

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                srk1 Jun 24, 2005 07:45 PM

                Thanks for suggestions, all. I found out that Sandwich Planet has a patty melt on the menu. I've had their excellent BLT and equally excellent smoked turkey ruben, so I'll have to try the melt next.

                Bookistan - you may be right, but that won't stop me from looking. Funny how 'New York-deli-style' sandwiches can be found on menus in other parts of the country, but not necessarily vice versa.

                Fat Dog - I hadn't thought of the word Fribble in about a decade! Sad to say there are no Friendly's within city limits, according to their web site. (In suburbs, yes.)

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                  Mr. Cutlets Jun 28, 2005 10:21 AM

                  Try the University Restaurant, on 12th st and University Place, for one of the best.

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