BV’s Burger Gives You Bobby Van’s For ML Prices
Bobby Van’s is certainly not a Midtown Lunch — no upscale steakhouse is. But, what if you actually could get lunch for under $10? Turns out if you round the corner into the plaza next to the restaurant you’ll find BV’s Burger, a small space dedicated to a far less expensive takeout burger menu (plus some soups, salads and sandwiches). The surprisingly hefty 1/2 lb sirloin burger will run you only $6.00 ($6.50 with your choice of cheese) and comes with lettuce, tomato, pickles and ketchup; mayo, mustard, chopped onions and sauerkraut are also free toppings. “Extra add-ons” include sauteed onions, guacamole, grilled mushrooms, bacon and chili, each running you an extra $1.00.
So, to stay under $10 you pretty much have to make a choice: a burger with extra add-ons or one with a side of fries ($3.00). I tried both, naturally.
The 1/2 lb sirloin burger, medium rare, was cooked perfectly. Extra add-ons on this baby included chopped onion (free) and guac ($1.00). As you can tell from the mess above, guac doesn’t travel so well. In fact, it made for one of the messiest hand-held lunches I’ve had in a while- possibly because they put all the toppings — well — on the bottom, under the patty.
The cheddar burger, cooked medium, with fries fared a little better. Although, fries are always a tricky item for takeout, and these did get soft in transit. Being 1/2 lb, the burger has more bulk than other patties you’ll get in midtown, so come hungry if you opt for this combo. Taste-wise, I’m not sure being from a steakhouse makes it any better than Shake Shack.
Outside BV’s Burger, there is a courtyard with tables and chairs that you can take advantage of on nice days. Sitting outside made waiting (about 10 minutes) for my order a more enjoyable experience.
BV’s Burger, 120 West 45th Street (located in the rear courtyard)