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Jul 4, 2013 06:52 AM

Gotham Burger Manhattan

I went. They were out of the beef bacon that others have raved about on this board. The wait staff was sweet but bumblingly inexperienced, like a comedy routine. i.e. 2 people order 1 drink each. 1 drink comes. ask again. 3 separate waiters come bearing 1 drink each for a total of 4 drinks. Order 2 burgers - 1 each - and a side of fries. 1 burger arrives. ask again. nothing. ask again. 2nd burger finally arrives. ask again . fries come. All so charmingly, incompetently polite that it was actually amusing.

But I was there for the burgers that everyone was raving about. Last winter I had a truly memorable burger, a burger to rave about, at a party at Prime at the Bentley. Great restaurant burgers exist. I do like the ones at Amsterdam Burger.

But this burger was a burger, nothing special. I adore fries but these fries were just okay. And I am a fan of great bread. The brioche it was served on was okay, but nothing special.

It did seem like a comfortable place to go with kids. A burger shop. convenient, but not chowish.

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  1. We also had inept service. We ordered food that never arrived, then when we asked where it was they said they ran out. However, the fried chicken was surprisingly good.

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    1. re: PotatoPuff

      Also they were handing out ribs to the crowd that was waiting- the ribs were surprisingly quite good!

    2. Agreed, the food is average. I like the burgers at ABC better. But Gotham is cheaper and has a larger menu. If you're going with picky eaters or if you want to save some cash then Gotham is the choice. But if I'm going for a burger on my own I'll stick with ABC.

      1. I agree I thought the service was poor and the food was just ok. It took forty five minutes to just to get our appetizers. When they finally served our burgers and fries they didnt even give us ketchup.

        1. when I go, and I go in teaneck, not the uws, I generally call ahead and ask if they have the bacon- they often run out of it

          in terms of the rest of the menu, the fried chicken is almost always incredible- last time I had it, it was not, but that's 1 of many many times,

          the burgers at times have been really delicious, and at times have just been good

          the onion rings are INCREDIBLE- beer battered- super fresh- peppery- very addictive

          the chicken fingers are very crunchy- which makes me happy- bc that's often not the case

          the chicken wings in the assigned sauce- when we switched out the sauce we didn't like them as much

          on that note- the mango habanero sauce with anything

          and the fried oreos- well- whats the say- theyre fried oreos- both delicious and horrifying

          what I don't like- the steak sandwich was just meh- the steak, the sauce- they were all- just eh, the chicken sandwich probably would have been good on other bread- the chicken was cooked perfectly but the bread tasted old and I dunno if this is right word, powdery- im a whole grain fan- so that wasn't the issue, and it gave off like a pastiness to the chicken, I ordered it again to see if the bread was the issue and asked them to switch out the bread and when I arrived home saw that they hadn't and I think it ended up being trashed

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