When I write about a Midtown Lunch, it is supposed to be quick, easy, usually something different or interesting- and most of all cheap. Burger Heaven is not really any of these things, but a little while back I found myself eating lunch there with my wife and a bunch of her co-workers. I had never been there, but judging from the crowds it is pretty popular. Apparently there are a lot of people in Midtown who find things like a waiter, a chair, and proximity to their office more important than price and value. (These people all make more money than me.)
But, sometimes you have to sacrifice to have a fun lunch with friends, or a big group of co-workers… and Burger Heaven is a perfect place for that. Despite the price, there is something for everyone, and room for big parties, if you get there early enough. They must be doing something right, because Burger Heaven has been around for 60 years, and now has 5 locations in Midtown.
The burgers are actually similarly priced to the other places in Midtown ($6.25) before you start adding stuff like cheese and french fries (and tax & tip), but I ignored all this in favor of the Patty Melt- my favorite kind of hamburger, and a stand out on any menu. The Patty Melt is pretty basic when you think about it… it’s just a cheeseburger on rye bread with grilled onions- but difficult for many places to make, because you need rye bread, and a griddle- something that many of the new specialty burger places don’t have (Burger Joint, GoodBurger, etc.). So for a good old fashioned Patty Melt, you need a place like Burger Heaven.
The Patty Melt, and +/- after the jump… Read more »