On my Midtown wanderings yesterday, I passed by Clarke’s Standard and was greeted by this horrifying sight! You guys may remember me battling it out with y’all for what really is in the spirit of ML – calling you complainers and whiners, and mocking you when my lunch went over the $10 limit by 7c.
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All you people do is complain about the $10 lunch “limit” that ML self-imposed 8 years ago that has never been adjusted for inflation. Here’s a lunch option at Clarke’s Standard that stays well under $10, and should satisfy everyone.
I really like burgers. My answer to the eternal question “Burgers or pizza?” is actually “BURGERSSS OM NOM NOM” to the shame of my New York heritage. So when someone pointed out that I’m reasonably close to Clarke’s Standard and Schnipper’s, I thought “um yes I want a burger RIGHT NOW” (unfortunately, a visit to Schnipper’s is NOT in the works – explanation at the end of this post) and walked the couple avenues east. What I got, and what I thought, after the jump…
It’s time for the 2013 Midtown Lunch Readers’ Poll. Your nominations are in, and between now and the end of the year we’ll be asking all of you to vote for the best Midtown Lunches in a whole range of categories. You can only vote once per category (so choose wisely), and official results will be posted after the new year.
Hungry Midtown Lunchers know that when it comes to burgers, Midtown is a great place to be. Over the past couple of years, it has been no surprise that Shake Shack has held onto our readers’ hearts and stomachs. With their expansion into Grand Central this year — and the addition of hand-cut fries at that location — we wouldn’t be surprised if they took the top spot again in our readers’ poll. But who knows, maybe newcomer Clarke’s Standard will dethrone the king…
- Bill’s Bar & Burger
- Burger Joint at the Parker Meridian
- Clarke’s Standard
- Five Guys
- Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
- Shake Shack
- Steak N Shake
In our first look at the downtown Clarke’s Standard, Andrea wondered whether burger + fries + drink for over $10 was becoming the norm for respectable quick services restaurants. Blondie had similar concerns about price in her initial look at the first Midtown location of the burger joint. Good news, burger fans: they heard you!
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When I saw Blondie’s review a few months ago about Clarke’s Standard, I’d been meaning to check out the burgers for myself to compare how they would stack up against my Shake Shack and Burger Joint leaning preferences. However, as I browsed the menu one thing certainly wasn’t standard: what’s this “Banh Mi Dog” doing on here? Naturally, my game plan for lunch changed.
P.J. Clarke’s first foray into the take-away market, Clarke’s Standard (Lex+54th), opened the other day without some of the major kinks seen in other openings. Yes, the lines were long, but the behind-the-counter assembly line kept the burgers moving. And though we saw part of the menu, there were a few surprises. I stopped by during the lunch rush to see if the burgers are worth and to get my hands on some cheesy tots.
Back in November we heard that the Goodburger on 54th & Lex would be replaced by P.J. Clarke’s spin-off, Clarke’s Standard (Lex+54th), and thanks to a tip from our friends over at Wined & Dined it looks like it’s opening tomorrow. They also sent us a sneak peek of the menu, which goes beyond the burgers P.J. Clarke’s is famous for with new things like hot dogs and cheesy tots! And the best part is, the prices aren’t terrible. Check it out after the jump…