The owners of Abitino’s, a generic take out pizza place with a few locations in Midtown, are three weeks away from opening “City Burger” on 39th St. just East of Broadway, and I got word from the owners that their burgers will be made from Pat Lafrieda meat, the same purveyor that supplies beef to the Shake Shack. Not sure if it will be the “high end stuff” or the “regular commodity” meat, but either way it looks like this is the closest thing we’re getting to a shack burger in Midtown.
I got a sneak peak at the menu, and it looks pretty similar to Goodburger. The burger/fries/soda combo is a disappointing $10.55 ($10 is usually the midtown lunch price limit), but at least you’ll be getting a 1/2 pound burger (no doubt larger than the standard Goodburger, and twice as large as the Shack burger). They will also be carrying a turkey burger, salmon burger and veggie burger, fries, onion rings, and shakes.
If they are good, the thing that may set this place apart is their buffalo wings (10 for $6.99), and the $13.50 burger/fries/soda/5 buffalo wings combo will definitely have me re-thinking my under $10 rule!
As of now, there is no Good Burger or Five Guys in the immediate area, but the competition should heat up once the Hale and Hearty owned ”Shake Shack” concept planned for the NY times building opens up one avenue away.
Thanks to lunch’er “Gail” for the tip. If you have any tips, news or recommendations, email them to email@example.com
Posted by Zach Brooks at 2:50 pm, February 14th, 2008 under 39th & B'way, Burger, City Burger.