Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse Now Serving “10 Buck Burger”
High end restaurants offering lunch specials that dip into Midtown Lunch range is a common ploy to increase midday business. For me, the appeal of these deals (and what makes them worth technically going over $10 with tax and tip) is that you get something special, something you can’t normally get for that amount. Del Frisco’s legendary, and now defunct, steak tips deal is perhaps the best example. Recently, we got tipped off to a $10 burger at the decidedly un-Midtown Lunch-ish Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse, so I headed over to the (slightly out of bounds) 9th Ave. location btw. 34+35 (the other location is on 56th btw. 5+6th, right near Beacon- who have a $10 burger of their own available from their new “Side Door”).
See if Uncle Jack’s is a worthwhile contributor to this phenomenon after the jump.
One problem with the Uncle Jack’s deal is that you’re not really getting something all that “special.” You’re getting a burger from an expensive steakhouse (already a somewhat dubious proposition) but it’s essentially a Jr. version of their real burger, because you get a 5 oz. patty instead of 10. Guess how much their regular cheeseburger is? It’s $20. Half the meat, half the price. So, technically, it’s not much of a “deal.”
The burger itself was ok. It comes with swiss cheese and mushrooms (nice!) but I was a little surprised to discover it also comes with lettuce, tomato, red onions and pickles- but whatever. You can always take whatever you don’t want off. The fries that come with the burger were nothing special, and not particularly crispy or fresh, but I enjoyed them.
I ordered the burger medium and was hoping for at least a little bit of pink in the center. Alas, there was none to be found. It was still a pretty flavorful burger but nothing I’d tell people to rush out for. The most disappointing thing though was the bun. It seemed cheap and on its way to being stale. Despite being a Jr. version of their real burger, it was a decent size for lunch. All in all, it wasn’t a bad lunch, but I was hoping for something a bit more memorable from lunch at a fancy steakhouse.
As for my experience at Uncle Jack’s, it’s one of these old school wood and brass places. I sat at the bar and received very friendly service from the bartender. He was a real pro, carrying on conversations about sports and vacation destinations with patrons. Unfortunately, it was well over 20 minutes between when I ordered and when my food came out. I saw food come out to other people quicker, so this probably isn’t the norm. But it is a sit down restaurant, so be prepared to take your full hour if you’re eating here.
The service and relaxed atmosphere were were a nice change of pace, and if you’re a huge fan of the burger at Uncle Jack’s, this is great chance for you to enjoy it (albeit a smaller version) within the ML price range. But for me the burger wasn’t good enough to make me feel like I was getting a true Midtown Lunch.
Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse, 2 Midtown Locations
- 440 9th Ave. btw. 34+35, 212-244-0005
- 44 W 56th St. btw. 5+6, 212-245-1550