The Blarney Stone Burger
Nothing gets New Yorkers going like a good Hamburger post. You could argue about the best burger forever, and there would never be consensus. It all comes down to what is most important to you? Size? Value? Quality of meat? Toppings? Fries? Location? I don’t know what is most important to me. I’d like to think it’s value, but the Burger Joint in the Parker Meridien is no deal, yet because of the quality of the meat, and the cool “hidden” location, I seem to ignore the price. Prime Burger is one of the older places in Midtown, makes there burger with quality meat, and has a great atmosphere, yet but because you have to order from a menu, and the burger comes totally plain I didn’t like it as much because the value wasn’t there. When the Prime Burger post went up in September, a lot of people commented on it, pointing me towards “The Blarney Stone”, a place where atmosphere and value come together in a gigantic burger, where the quality may not be good enough for some- but was good enough for me!
It’s fun to revisit comments and suggestions after trying a place for yourself, and in retrospect they were all right on. Here are a few of them:
Comment from Alex
I have a suggestion for burgers. Try the burgers at Blarney Stone on 3rd Ave near 45th st. The burgers here are just as good as any joint out there.
This was the first comment… and at the time, I sort of ignored it because it sounded like an Irish Pub, where you had to sit at a table and order from a menu (not really a Midtown Lunch kind of thing). The Blarney Stone is an Irish Pub, and there are tables- but there are no waiters. You order from a counter, and then take your food to one of the tables in the back.
Comment from Christopher
Another Blarney fan! FOUR DOLLARS and you get this big, beautiful, burger. Plus, if you throw in the extra .50 for cheese, they don’t skimp, and they never overcook a medium rare request, which is very important.
Two very important details in this comment (aside from the $4 price tag). First, my burger was cooked a noticeably perfect Medium rare. Second, they give you a ridiculous amount of cheese. It’s only 50 cents, and they really don’t skimp. I don’t know if you can tell from the pic, but the thick white layer above the burger is actually cheese. I can’t be sure, but I feel pretty confident in saying there could possibly be an unheard of, 2 to 1 meat to cheese ratio.
The +/-, more comments, and the 2/3 meat, 1/3 cheese burger pic, after the jump…
Comment from Lisa (Homesick Texan)
Even though it tastes good and is relatively inexpensive, Blarney Stone is too much burger for me. I think a cheeseburger and fries from Good Burger is the perfect burger meal.
A negative to some, is a positive for others… I’m sort of surprised, considering that Lisa is from Texas (the buffet capitol of the world), but she happens to be right. The burger is gigantic, and with the fries it was even too much for me to eat. But if value is your thing, the Blarney Stone can’t be beat. Sure there are kids starving all over the world, and it’s bad to waste- but if bigger is better, than the Blarney Stone is the best.
There is a hot plate station that includes sausages, meatloaf, corned beef and other delicious comfort food- but my hunch is that the real star is the burger. (One commenter did disagree, pointing out how much they like the Meatloaf). I went on Martin Luther King Day, so the crowd was pretty small- but I’ve heard from others that the place can get super busy, so don’t be surprised if there is no seating- although I read somewhere else that you shouldn’t be fooled by the gigantic crowd in the front ordering, there is always room in the back to sit.
Some things that I didn’t learn from the comments… they have half sour pickles for 25 cents a piece, you can get a small fountain soda for $1, and the buns are really big- so if you like your bun to burger ratio to heavily favor the meat, you might not be into the Blarney Stone Burger. Finally, for an extra $2.00 you get a “deluxe burger” w/ lettuce, tomato, onions and a pretty hefty portion of thick cut french fries (that looked and tasted like real, fresh cut potatoes). The fries are definitely overkill, but at least you know you’re not leaving hungry.
- The burger is gigantic
- The price is right. $4 for a gigantic burger. $4.50 for a gigantic burger with more cheese than one person should eat at a single sitting, $6.50 for the same gigantic burger with too much cheese, topped with tomatoes, lettuce and onions and served with gigantic french fries.
- If you are looking for a medium rare burger, they do it up real nice
- Great Irish Bar without having to order from a waiter or waitress, and pay sit down restaurant prices.
- Liquid lunch anyone??? (Not me of course… I would never do that. And if I did, I wouldn’t be silly enough to write about it here, where my bosses could read it. Seriously, I would never drink at lunch. Seriously.)
- Even with the large burger, the bun is really big (some may say too big)
- There’s so much cheese on top of the burger, it doesn’t melt very well
- The burgers are flash cooked first, and then put into a metal container, only to be re-grilled to specifications when ordered. It didn’t seem to effect the taste (and it certainly cuts down on your wait time) but some people might be put off by the half cooked patties sitting next to the grill.
- It is very close to being too much burger…
- Can get super packed during peak lunch times
The Blarney Stone, 710 3rd Ave. (btw. 44th & 45th) 212-490-0457