Bill’s Bar & Burger Finally Opening Today

The wait is finally over… Bill’s Bar & Burger is supposed to open in Rockefeller Center today (on 51st btw. 5+6th), so I swung by after work to see how things were shaping up. There was plenty of activity inside as employees were running around and the space looked ready to go. A sign in the window announced they’d be open 11am-9pm, and that hours would expand to 11am-11pm starting Oct. 4th. Chris got a preview of Bill’s back in July, during Rock Center’s Taste of Summer event, but the burgers weren’t even close to made to order. They had a friends and family event yesterday, but we’re still waiting for our first official taste. Early adopters, let us know how it is in the comments.


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    No takeout available here????

  • According to their website they will be doing take out, and they’ll have delivery sometime in October.

  • no take out… not for a few weeks they say.

  • I was able to get in, eat lunch there and get back to my office all under an hour. Got there at 12:00pm on the dot. Entered through the lower lever concourse level as I didn’t want to go out in the rain. I will start by saying the place is massive. The downstairs portion alone was big and then we were directed to the main level and that was even bigger. We had a party of three and got seated right away. The place was crowded but not a mad house. I think we beat the rush because by the time we were done with our meal it was pretty crowded.
    Anyways, onto the goods.
    I got their Classic burger with Swiss Chees and onions. Classic is $6.50 and that’s just for the 5 oz burger, lettuce and tomato. Cheese is an extra $0.50 and so are onions. French fries are and extra $3.50. I’m up to $11 for a cheese burger and fries….oh well!
    The burger however was excellent! Turns out their butcher is Pat Lafrieda who blends burgers for many NY restaurants. The fries we nothing special but the homemade ketchup they served with the fries was pretty special. The ketchup had a little kick to it…I think they threw a little horseradish sauce in there. We also ordered an order of their beer battered onion rings to share. Don’t bother…too greasy and not tasty.
    Overall – a great tasty burger and a decent wait. Nice restaurant and a very polite wait staff. A little pricey for a burger and fries but if you see the size of the place then you will know that they have alot of rent to pay. Not sure how they are going to be able to sustain the rent on just serving burgers but then again Christmas Season in Rock Plaza is coming and the tourists will take care of that!


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