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Nov 17, 2011 09:31 PM

The Tragic Cheeseburger

OK, maybe not quite tragic, but an absolute ripoff. I worked at the SVA theater this evening, and was feeling peckish after I got off. Having just read the VV's "Best of 23rd St.," I decided to go to the Guilty Goose, to sample the bratwurst over spƤtzle that they recommended. But seeing it cost $24 (something not mentioned in the article), I thought maybe I'd be better off trying something else (I don't mind paying good money for good food, but this just struck me as a bit too...too). I should've followed my first instinct, to go for a salad instead, but no! I had to second guess myself, and went for the burger.

What I got, for $16 (before tax, tip and a $10 glass (not even a full pint!) of witbier), was an underseasoned, underwhelming cheeseburger with OK toppings, and the type of shoestring fries that, while not being quite burnt, were so overcooked as to be completely dry and crunchy, not crispy. The best that can be said about it was that the burger was cooked to the requested medium rare.

The moral of my sad, sad (and don't tell me that the tears are not welling up inside you!) tale is that if you're gonna pay $30 for a burger and a beer, make sure that you do it at the Spotted Pig.

The end.

Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Guilty Goose
131 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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    1. Well, can't really blame Village Voice for the experience since they didn't even recommend the cheeseburger.

      With that said, I haven't trusted VV recs since they said now-defunct Telephone had the best fish & chips in NYC.

      4 Replies
      1. re: uwsister

        I trust Sietsema on obscure ethnic cuisines, and appreciate all he does to draw attention / business to the boroughs, and off-the-beaten-path places.

        1. re: uwsister

          But...I'm not blaming the VV for my experience, I'm blaming myself for not running away from a $24 bratwurst, and I'm blaming the Guilty Goose for an expensive, mediocre cheeseburger.

          Guilty Goose
          131 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: howdini

            Ah, gotcha.

            Sietsema is cool, though I'm not really the type to venture deep into outer boroughs for obscure ethnic places. I'm talking more about their "best of" lists relating to food, which is featured pretty often.

            1. re: uwsister

              It was Lauren Shockey what did the 23rd St. writeup. I'm sure the bratwurst was good, but, c'mon, $24 bratwurst? Otherwise, yeah, i'm totally with you on this.

              I've been a fan of Sietsema for a long time, and while, once in a very long while, I might make a long trip to one of his recs, I think his writing is most helpful when I find myself in an unfamiliar neighborhood that he's covered. I think I'll just stick with him from now on.