Fromagerie Burger Night
Stopped in last night on a whim - looking for something different and remembered the $25 burger menu - sat in the very packed and fun bar area - a two top in the middle of the room - large groups of 30-40 year old ladies out together all around us at the high top table of 8 and to our right at a round 8 top as well.
Musician playing Beatles tunes all night contributed to the noise level being high, but we could hear each other talk and the mood was really upbeat. Servers moved as quick as they could and while it took a bit to get started once we did everything "flowed" very smoothly.
The menu consisted of what seemed like the regular menu of apps, and entrees on the left with handwritten specials on the right side outlining the $25 burgers. We focused on the burger menu which included a house salad and the choice of a traditional burger on an English muffin or a Quinoa Veggie burger on a Toasted Brioche.
Two add'l starters were offered with a $6 and $12 supplement - one a stack of smoked salmon and seared tuna and the other a lobster salad. Another special on the menu was a two pound lobster for $50.
We opted for the lobster salads and we had one regular and one veggie burger.
The Lobster salads were quite impressive, what looked like a half of a tail and one claw of a 1.5 lb chilled lobster was presented in a large shallow bowl surrounded by field greens, cherry tomatoes, fennel with sliced avocado on the side. All were tossed in a citrus vinaigrette that really balanced the fat of the lobster and avocado. I would happily eat this as a main course, it was that rich, filling and delicious and any quandary I had of paying a 50% supplement to the $25 menu went away quickly.
The burgers were good and served with a wire basket full of well done French fries, medium sized fries that seemed to be fresh cut potatoes.
Small jars of ketchup and mayo were served with the burgers.
The Quinoa burger was presented by the server as a house made patty and it had a strong texture and a bit of barley flavor to it. The brioche was large and easy to cut, the burger was topped with tomatoes, red onion, lettuce and for some reason an arugula salad as well.
I moved the salad off to the side next to the crunchy dill pickle and tried to eat the first half "burger style" I quickly retreated and went "Bill DeBlasio style" and completed my meal with fork and knife. I loved the burger and restrained myself by simply sampling the fries, they tasted as good as they looked.
My wife enjoyed her beef burger, topped with melted cheddar and topped by an over sized English muffin - it was all good and none of it went to waste.
All in all a fun night but rather expensive for two burgers - total bill with a glass of wine and cocktail, tax and tip was $134. Could have gotten a couple of great burgers and some drinks down the street at Barnacle's for $60 but the "scene" with live music, that incredible lobster salad and top notch service made us feel like we would be coming back on another Tuesday night.
the Lobster salad
wow, that is an expensive burger night! LOL
PS, my buddy went to char the other night and claims their burger is awesome. I have to check out that soon.
re: Mr. Bingley
Was thinking the same thing, but when you think about it, CC and his Mrs. enjoyed two very nice sounding lobster salads, two high end burgers and fries, a couple of drinks from the bar, gave a healthy 25% or so tip, enjoyed the live music, and had a "fun night" out. I don't see myself doing the same thing on any regular basis on a Tuesday night, but for a very occasional splurge it sounds like fun to me as well!!
I believe the high price of the burger is because Burke himself sweats a little in each batch of chopped beef. I'm glad you enjoyed cc, but I honestly can't stand the David Burke brand, and I'm old school I just miss Fromagerie....I would have preferred if he just named it something else than try to carry the name and memory on. Sorry...just not a fan.
No doubt he is a polarizing figure, but the place has its following and I was hoping to give some folks who may not have had a chance to the "Peter's Fromagerie experience" a view of what they could expect....like jsfeinb said it was a nice night out, that we had a $25 burger instead of a $36 piece of fish or $45 steak, ended up not really mattering to us...the burger "deal" is what drew us in but it was a more enjoyable experience than we expected and as such opened the wallet up a bit more on the salad supplement and high end drinks.
I can understand your feeling but also I am kind of glad he did not rename it, it is an institution and I remember so many times from the Peter's days (my sister's HS graduation dinner, our wedding rehearsal dinner, etc.) and when we bring our parents or friends there is fun to reminisce