The Counter is For People Who Think Toppings Make the Burger
The Counter, a burger restaurant from SoCal, opened right smack in the center of Times Square back in December. Our very own Zach gave us a sneak peek of what we would be expecting from The Counter in LA. In his write-up he got 2 burgers where 1 of them he went crazytown with (roasted green chilies, grilled pineapple and onion strings?!) But how does the NYC version stack up- especially considering its Times Square location (surrounded by a whole host of TGIF type of restaurants.)
So as I sat inside The Counter in Times Square going over the menu, I thought about how I vowed never to eat in Times Square. (The things I do for this blog!) It probably took me a good 10 minutes to go over what 4 toppings to pick. Do I want sprouts and hard boiled egg with blue cheese and peanut sauce or salsa and black olives with Greek feta? It was fun coming up with weird combination and hoping they actually taste good. I ended up getting a 1/3 beef burger, cole slaw, dried cranberries, tomato, grilled onions, yellow American cheese, mayo with a regular hamburger bun.
So what I got was just meh. There weren’t enough cranberries to give any sweetness to the burger and the grilled onions were pretty forgettable. I was hoping they put the cole slaw (which tasted pretty standard) in the burger but instead they put it into a tiny cup. The 1/3lb beef patty was medium rare just like the waitress said but it needed seasoning. For $8.95 I’m not sure if this is worth a trek up to Times Square.
Oh and you want fries with your burger? It’ll be couple bucks extra which puts you over the Midtown Lunch range. My bill came out to be around $12 without tips.
Of course if you REALLY want a great burger, just walk over to 8th Ave for either Schnipper’s or Shake Shack. But if toppings are your thing, there are more than enough to make The Counter a fun experience.
Have you been? If so what are some of your crazy burger creations?
The + (What somebody who likes this would say)
- I get to build my own burger? Cool!
- I like regular fries & you like sweet potato fries. No problem. Get a “Fifty-Fifty”.
- So many choices for toppings.
The – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)
- I hate making decisions, just give me a plain burger. What? You don’t have that here?
- I hate Times Square.
- There are cheaper and better burger options elsewhere.
The Counter, 7 Times Square (btw 41st+42nd St), 212-997-6801