2 Recent Different Burger Experiences
Went back to Stoned Crow, an old favorite, for a Corner Bistro clone only to find they jacked up the price to 11 bucks! Still gave it a go to discover that they must have recently added some growth hormone to the clone since it was massive! It took two slices of American cheese just to cover the burger which was still perfectly cooked despite the size. Definitely worth a return visit. Only criticism was that they forgot to supersize the bun which literally disintegrated into the burger after two bites (which may actually be a positive).
Next up I tried Ottomanelli's Grill on 94th and Lex which some respected hounds have talked up as being a contender. I wrote the list on burger contenders and this ain't no contender. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/234881
Despite the hype on the menu of being a steak burger and Ottomanelli's being a butcher (I actually shop for my meat at the one on Bleecker which, though from the same family, bears no relation to the other Ottomanelli's in Manhattan). This burger was so forgettable, I can't remember anything to say about it.
I tried Ottomanelli's Grill for the first time 2 weeks ago for lunch and I enjoyed my burger. The meat was cooked to order, had a good meaty flavor and the bun held up. It wasn't a great burger but quite good. A solid 7 out of 10.
MMRuth, I'm still huge a fan of Ottomanelli's burgers. Had one of their Wisconsin burgers (bacon, cheddar) during a recent visit. Great burger (love that garlic flavor), great bun, usually very good fries.
And they're still bargain, despite the price of a burger with fries rising from about $9 to $10.
GG, I wouldn't completely write them off after a single visit. While I've never had a bad burger there, I have occasionally had some that weren't as delicious as they usually are, so you could have just been there on an off night (or day). Hey, it gives you an excuse to go to a lecture at the 92nd St Y across the street.