Best Burger in Midtown Manhattan

October 12, 2007 at 10:31 am Leave a comment

At last count, New York City has 18,696 restaurants. That would be about 62 restaurants per square mile!* Or about 5 restaurants on every NYC block. So how are you supposed to figure out the best place to eat?

Looking for Casual and Fast?
Try the Burger Joint at LeParker Meridien Hotel at 118 West 57th Street. Zagat gave this little spot the highest scorej0408868.jpg for a Midtown lunch. You can read about it at By the way, the midtown lunch post also gives you several of the “worst” places to eat as well. Good information to keep in mind.

Zagat Names Burger Joint Best Midtown Lunch
The 2008 Zagat guide arrived in stores this week, and once again the Burger Joint in the Parker Meridien Hotel has received the highest score of any Midtown Lunch that appears in the guide (a 24). Ess a Bagel, who I wrote about this week, was a close runner up with a 23. If you expand the Midtown Lunch boundaries a little bit, the Azuri Cafe (on 51st btw. 9+10th), is actually the big winner, receiving a deserving 25 (up from 24 last year) for what I consider to be the best Falafel in the city. Not much has changed since from what I wrote about the 2007 guide but there are a few things worth mentioning.

Best Korean, whose scores went up and down, and the most ridiculous Midtown Lunch quote in the book- after the jump…

Last year, I wrote that I was surprised Lenny’s wasn’t in the guide. This year they appear with a 19. Other new Midtown Lunch entries include Tuscan Square, which got a 16 (but more for the restaurant upstairs- not the Marketplace), and Yushi- which wins the “Best Quote” award.

It’s too new to get a rating, but the Yushi blurb starts off this way:

Be prepared to wait in line…

I walked by Yushi on Wednesday during lunchtime rush and there was no line. How does this place get mentioned (it’s too new to have garnered any reall number of votes) while FIKA, Oms/B, Bayan Cafe, Margon, Sapporo, & Men Kui Tei are still ignored. It’s just not right.

In the “Down from Last Year” category, Kati Roll & AQ Cafe both drop from a 22 to a 20, ‘wichcraft goes from 21 to 20 and Burritoville drops one number to 16. Mandoo Bar in Koreatown and Menchanko Tei both went up one point from 19 to 20.

I was most pleased to see Spice Fusion (8th Ave. btw. 47+48th), my new favorite Inidan Buffet, get a mention in the guide, although they were too new to get a proper score. Best Korean in Midtown goes to Gahm Mi Oak (32nd btw. B’way & 5th) with a 22.

And finally, ESPN Zone retains the top spot of Worst Restaurant in Midtown, repeating as last year’s winner with a lowly score of 12. Keep at it guys. It’s going to be tough to hold off The Hard Rock Cafe (13) and the Heartland Brewery (14)… but we know you can do it!

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* Courtesy of — NYC Statistics.


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