BREAKING: City Burger to Become Schnitzel Shop?

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This just in from Lunch’er Tigerbot:

“Just went to go to city burger (on 39th & Broadway) and found that it was out. Apparently the Schnitzel Glatt Kosher Express is moving in instead… Sad day!”

Called City Burger to confirm and their answering machine says “Closed For Renovations”, but when I called the Abitino’s (City Burger’s owner, on Broadway btw. 40+41st) the lady who answered the phone said that City Burger was sold. And with that, Midtown Lunch’s closest connection to Pat LaFreida is gone.

More on the situation as it comes in.

New City Burger Will Get Meat From the Same Place As The Shake Shack
City Burger Reinvents Itself With Black Label
Original City Burger Better Than Black Label? Combo Comes Down By $1


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    Did you notice they spelled “Schnitzel” wrong?

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    FreshDirect is now selling three different LaFrieda burger blends, including brisket and short rib, so you can get your fill of prime beef at home! The brisket patties are on sale for $3.99/lb this week; each package has four 6 oz. patties.

  • Yes, there will be several tasty double-cheeseburger lunch creations in my near future…. smoked gouda…. sharp cheddar…. wasabi mayo… mmmmmm…….

  • A joint that purports to sell schnitzel, and doesn’t know how to spell it, would be a bit suspect in my opinion.

    BUT, if the ‘connection to Pat LaFreida is gone’, then I would have to believe that there is a definite improvement in this new enterprise.

  • That sign confused me so i did a search:
    “Glatt Kosher

    The technical definition of glatt kosher is meat from animals with smooth or defect-free lungs, but today the term glatt kosher is often used informally to imply that a product was processed under a stricter standard of kashrut.

    Formal Definition

    For meat to be kosher, it must come from a kosher animal and be slaughtered in a kosher way. For meat to be glatt kosher, in addition to the two above conditions, the meat must also come from an animal with adhesion-free or smooth lungs.

    The word glatt means smooth in Yiddish.”

    And yet I’m still confused. Smooth lunged schnitzel?

  • That’s sad. My first burger after 10 years of being a vegetarian was from City Burger, so it will always hold a special place in my heart.

  • RE: “For meat to be kosher, it must come from a kosher animal and be slaughtered in a kosher way.”

    No disrespect to your ‘religious’ beliefs, but do you REALLY believe that meat you purchase in NYC markets adheres 100% to your definition of “Kosher”?

    If you do, I think that your are VERY naive.

    The vendors in NYC are interested in the ‘bottom line’ only. They don’t give a HOOT about your religious beliefs.

    And if you don’t believe me, then ask all of the many rabbis who were arrested in New Jersey today, some of whom were in charge of enforcing “kosher” standards.

    You REALLY need to wake up and smell the coffee.

  • This has been a fun one to watch develop as well:

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    I just saw your interview on “Great Food Revolution” … very cool!

    Teena in Toronto

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    @mamacita- I can’t really explain the difference between Glatt kosher and regular kosher (basically I’m pretty sure it’s just a difference of strictness with regards to certain standards), but I can quickly give the basics on what’s kosher.

    Kosher basically means that the food is certified by a rabbi that it complies with various Jewish laws about food. For meat to be kosher it has to be slaughtered in a certain way.

    Certain meats are automatically not kosher, such as meat from pigs, or other animals without cloven hooves that doesn’t chew its cud. Poultry is ok, however. Also, any shellfish or fish that does not have scales is not kosher.

    Finally, it is unkosher to serve meat at the same meal that you serve dairy products. Poultry is counted as meat, but eggs and fish are not.

    There are lots of more rules, which I don’t really know.

    Look here for more info.

  • Can someone now prepare a comparison of the differences between Kosher Meat and Halal Meat?
    You can leave off the rabbinical certification which is a corrupt process.

    When i worked at the Concord Hotel (Kosher) in 1977, Enemencio, the dishwasher, used to make himself cheeseburgers in the coffee shop grill when no one was looking. Oops

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    Holy crap! I had two cheeseburgers there late Tuesday afternoon. They were pretty good, not great. Dunno why they asked if I wanted it medium each time, and then served them well. And the cook was smashing down on my burger with the spatula (!) But it’s too bad they’re gone.

    This operation always seemed doomed from the start, to me. The first few times I tried to go there they were closed, including a ‘door locked at 4:30 when they close at 5:00 PM’ type thing. I really hate that. Plus it wasn’t the best location.

  • Zach can clear up the whole glatt kosher issue. Wait, nevermind, he’s a porkophile!

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    city burger was a joke.
    overpriced mediocre food that was NEVER cooked right. i ate there 3 or 4 times every single time they cooked the meat into a hockypuck, even when i ordered it medium rare. good riddance.

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