The resolutely no-frills New York burger restaurant is opening on Amoy Street
When we can't deal with Amoy Street pretensions, or when we get our hearts broken, we pull back the velvet curtains of the back-alley Burger Joint and retreat into its wood-paneled, low-ceilinged reprieve. An offshoot of the original at New York's Le Parker Meridien, with nearly a dozen branches around the world, they still manage to win our hearts with their super-simple, delicious and affordable burgers and a wall of craft beers on tap.
Located alongside cool cats like bottle shop and cafe Gemmills, Mediterranean restaurant Maggie Joan's, and the soon-to-be-open Employee's Only, this "underground" diner-style restaurant retains the irreverant vibe of its New York flagship, with smooth wooden walls covered in graffiti (diners are welcome to leave their mark there), expansive booths with dark leather seats and an open kitchen.
They are quick to set themselves apart from other fancy burger restaurants here—the menu offers a focused and affordable selection of four different burgers (cheese burger, hamburger, bacon burger and bacon cheese burger) ranging from $13.10 for a hamburger to $15.80 for a bacon cheese burger, all of which are prepared with a generous portion of freshly-made ground beef patty. There is also a full bar with 18 craft beers on tap from countries like Sweden, the UK, the US and Japan, and a curated cocktail menu by Proof & Company, featuring classics that we were told are still being fine-tuned.