A Piece of Philadelphia Heaven on Houston Street
When it comes to cheesesteaks it is rare to find one that hits the spot. There are many reasons why the cheesesteak is often messed up: 1. Poor meat quality, 2. Meat isn’t cut thin enough and often times tough, 3. Peppers and onions are not cooked to perfection (if we wanted raw vegetables we would have ordered a salad), 4. CHEESE… the most important part of this sandwich, the CHEESE must be melted into the steak, 5. The worst thing of all is when you get a roll that is so large and consuming that it not only takes away from the ingredients inside, but makes it almost impossible to eat.
One cold winter night while snuggled in my bed watching Sunday Night Football I went onto Seamless web to order dinner (something I rarely do). While scrolling down many tempting unhealthy food options I stumbled upon a place called Philly’s Cheesesteak. After an hour and a half wait, my dinner finally arrived. As I unfolded the foil of my delivery meal, I knew I had made the right choice. There was cheese oozing out and the bun was big and soft.
Next I realized that if this cheesesteak had traveled for an hour on the back of a bike though NYC in the freezing cold to get to me and was taking me to cloud 9, what must it be like to enjoy this straight off the griddle? I had to know. I soon took a trip to find out! Located on Houston Street is a little dingy spot called Philly’s Cheesesteak. This joint has about four tables and the décor is less than par, but when your stomach is happy it doesn’t really seem to matter.
191 E Houston
Enjoyed a late night dinner at one of my favorite spots in the city this week. Beauty & Essex located on the Lower East Side never fails to impress. Chef Chris Santos understands my love for small bites packed with flavor. The night ended with perfectly baked donuts filled with melted chocolate and jelly.
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Everyone is always talking about where to find the best burger in the city. There is lots of hype behind the burger at Corner Bistro but if you ask any real New Yorker they will strongly disagree. After waiting on a long line to be seated you are served a large patty with almost little to no flavor. The burger is so larger that the bun falls apart as you are eating it… and lets be real the bun is very important. You want a soft bun that holds in all the juice but not a large dry roll that takes away from the delicious meat. This talked about spot gets a C- in my book.
Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien is another place known for its burger. In a fancy hotel lobby you wait on a line with a tacky neon sign to get behind “the curtain”. Now this is a line worth waiting on! When you get behind “the curtain” you are in a dive. You order your food at the counter and sit down in a wooden booth. While I have avoided box wine since graduating college, this is the one place that I will consume such a thing. This burger has great flavor and the right amount of grease, reminding me of my favorite fast food burger at Five Guys. Only negative with this patty is that the thinness makes it hard to obtain a medium rare inside. I’ll give this whole in a “fancy wall” spot an A-.
Last night I ventured to the Upper East Side to J.G. Melon. Bobby Flay raved about the burger on Food Networks show “Best Thing I Ever Ate”. Bobby you hit this right on the nose. One bite and I was in heaven, I actually had to slow myself down because I wanted to enjoy every bite. This uptown pub served a perfectly cooked burger with great flavor. The right amount of grease and a soft bun to hold this top shelf burger in. J.G. Melon this burger gets an A+.
More burger reviews to come. Stay tuned because I am now on the search for the best slice of pizza… might require some out of borough traveling to Brooklyn.
Until next time… Enjoy your Saturday night dinner!