I love food halls as they offer some food diversity, perfect if people have different tastes and usually not too pricey. We discovered last year Urbanspace Vanderbilt, a food hall located few steps from Grand Central, that hosts 20 different vendors, from Japanese ramen (Ippudo), lobster rolls (Luke's Lobster), to burgers and shakes (Hard Times Sundaes). We went for the latter, trying not just the burgers, but also their old fashioned egg cream, an item that screams Americana, that was quite good. By the way, if you never had one, know that it does not contain any egg or cream, and is made with milk, carbonated water and some syrup (chocolate in this one).
Then, we had the burgers. Jodi asked for a single cheeseburger with pickles and mushrooms.
On my side, I went for the signature cheeseburger that is a double cheeseburger with caramelized onions and bacon.
Both burgers were really good: the meat was tasty and juicy, with a nice char on the outside. I appreciated the fact that they put a nice amount of cheese in it and loved the simplicity of it. We also ordered some fries that were also quite good: thin, crispy on the outside and cooked all the way through, the way I like them.
Hard Times Sundae is definitely a great place to know if you want to indulge with a delicious burger, far from the crowd of Shake Shack...And they have a breakfast burger with eggs and bacon that seems...like a heart attack on a plate!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Hard Times Sundae - Urbanspace Vanderbilt - 230 Park Ave, New York, NY 10169