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Dec 1, 2008 08:18 AM

Squires Briarcliff--Overrated Burgers in a Cavelike Atmosphere

Locals rave about the burgers at this neighborhood favorite, which features a tired bar with 2 flat screens and a windowless stuffy, cramped dining room behind it with a low lit, dark wood trimmed nautical theme.

I went last night, after my wife refused to cook, given that she had cooked for Thanksgiving crowds in previous days. Even on a cold, rainy night, the dining room was full, the air smoky with smoke that escapes the tiny see through kitchen in the back of the dining room.

We figured it would be a good Bear Market Sunday NIght Dinner.

The prices are right. At 895 for a good sized cheesburger and fries, you will get out cheap. Squires also serves seafood from a specials menu on the wall, but I did not see anyone in the room ordering fish.

The " triple cheese medium" cheese burger I ordered came out over cooked on the outside and rare on the inside, with the 3 kinds of cheese slices not melted.
The roll not toasted. Fries were fine, but the burger, while edible, was nothing to go back for.

The dining room is in desparate need of a cleaning. Everything has a layer of dust or grime on it. Now I like a dive as much as the next guy, but this place is over the top. Service willing but understandably rushed.

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  1. Overrated? In comparison to what?

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    1. re: dolores

      Compared to other burger joints in the area.

          1. re: steelydad

            Oh, I see what you mean. Their food is okay, but it's no Squire's. And I am not impressed with Michael's ambience either.

            Mmmmm, wish I had a Squire's cheeseburger and fries right now.

    2. Everyone has a right to thier opinion however, if your burger was not cooked properly you should have sent it back. The staff would have been happy to re-do it. Squires just recieved a glowing right up from the New York Times and thus business has been booming. You obviously miss the point of the decor and I have never seen the place dirty or dusty. I have been going there for the last ten years and the food has been consistently excellent, yes the seafood too. I would not describe the bar as tierd, but full of lively freindly, people who are happy to sit, chat and enjoy while watching a game. Perhaps you will give the place a second try, but if not there will be one more table or bar stool available for those who know good food and service and appriciate it.

      1. I've always been happy with the burgers at Squires - it's the only thing I come for! The mushroom and swiss burger is my fav. Definitely agree with Bridget - they'd be more than willing to accomodate if your burger wasn't to your liking. Do give the place another try before writing Squires off completely.

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        1. re: Sra. Swanky

          I agree. I'm still not sure exactly what places the OP prefers.

          I like Squires just fine.

          1. re: dolores

            Right on, Dolores! My DH and I drive there from White Plains whenever we need a soul-stirring, juicy burger fix. I've even had other food there, which was quite good as I recall.And I love the way the place looks -- it's as cozy and homey as the Cabin is trying to be...but isn't.

        2. I grew up in Briarcliff and I think Squires' burgers are pretty good, but don't understand the raves they get. I think they're actually a bit small, but that's probably b/c most other places serve gigantic burgers. Their cajun chicken sandwich is also good. Haven't tried any of the fish entrees. The atmosphere doesn't bother me, but I agree in that it's pretty good, not great.

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          1. re: Solstice444

            >>>most other places serve gigantic burgers.

            Seriously? Such as?

            I'm still waiting for the places against which Squires is overrated.

              1. re: dolores

                Places such as Chili's that serve huge burgers. Chili's and those chains aren't great restaurants of course, but they serve large portions. I think that the burgers are the best things on their menus, so I'm used to larger burgers. Of course those burgers are oversized and you don't need to eat that much, but sadly that's what I've gotten used to. Maybe Squires does serve larger burgers than local non-chain burger places, so I'm sorry for the confusion.

            1. After having not been to Squire's in a long time, we returned tonight for burgers. I very much disagree with steelydad's review--indeed our burgers were great (smothered burger and Mexican burger--both nicely charred and cooked medium rare as ordered, with melted cheese), service was excellent, and the 'dive' was quite clean! No smoke odors, and people at the next table had fish, which looked really good. We also had to wait awhile for an available table, apparently others disagree as well. As far as everything having a layer of dust or grime on it, wow, saw no evidence of that. And the 'tired' bar was packed with very friendly, animated people.