We passed Joy Burger Bar many, many times, saying that we should go there to see if their burgers are good. But I admit that we never had the opportunity to go there, my list of restaurants to try being like Sysiphe's well: endless. Until we were looking for a place close to W4th street, walking down Avenue of The Americas.
Joy Burger Bar is a casual place, nothing special except the smell of the meat cooking in the open kitchen. We ordered at the counter and they gave us a card to identify our number. Well, I guess they try to be different from the other places where you will either get a buzzer or a number.
We sat at a table in the back and, couple of minutes later, they brought me my vanilla milkshake, my favorite "drink" with a burger. And that milkshake was pretty good: thick with enough vanilla taste.
Then, we got our burgers. I should mention that you can either order a predefined one or build your own. We chose the later. First, you pick the bun: regular, gluten free or whole wheat. Then the meat in three different sizes (from munch that is 3oz to maxi that is 8oz). You can also pick a veggie patty. After that is the sauce and they have a bunch, like honey or Dijon mustard, wasabi mayo, BBQ, etc. Next are toppings, some free of charge like jalapeño, lettuce, tomatoes; others available with an additional fee: avocado, portobello mushrooms, etc. Last is cheese.
Jodi went for a veggie burger with cheddar and portobello mushroom.
I went for a maxi beef patty with sautéed onions, Swiss and blue cheese.
For sides, we chose fries, as well as onion rings.
Jodi's burger was a bit disappointing, being a bit mushy. Mine was ok: the meat was juicy and perfectly cooked medium, with lots of cheese, but the beef patty was missing some taste. I am not sure what blend of meat they use, but it was missing something. If it would have had the grill's flavor, it would have probably been better.
The sides were also just ok, the fries not being crunchy. However, I liked the onion rings that were deliciously greasy and cooked all the way through.
Our meal at Joy Burger Bar was just ok and I am not sure I would go back there. There are so many other options available in NYC with fantastic burgers for the same price. Well, at least I tried...
Enjoy (I did)!
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