Burger One Coffee Shop
1150 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10075
Phone: (212) 737-0095
Fax: (212) 737-3061
My review on TripAdvisor:
I had passed Burger One a few times when visiting the Upper East Side and this little ‘hole in the wall’ restaurant was very busy feeding the locals who came in for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their prices are amazing reasonable for all items (especially in a place like the Upper East Side) and they have a nice selection of items for all meals.
The first time I went to Burger One was the first day of walking the Avenues of the Upper East Side (See review on TripAdvisor). The place was humming along with people ordering their lunches and dinners and their delivery guy dashing in and out of the place.
I ordered a Cheeseburger Deluxe (which is a 8 ounce freshly scooped burger) which came with freshly cooked French Fries, lettuce, tomato and a pickle ($8.00). I ordered the burger medium-well and the burger was cooked to order perfectly, caramelized on the outside with a nice sear and juicy and fully cooked on the inside, which is the best way to achieve a well-done burger I have found out. Each bite was perfect with a nice feel of seared meat and cool vegetables. I ordered a Mandarin Jarritos Mexican soda, which is a specialty of Mexico, a perfect accompaniment for the meal.
Jarritos Mexican Sodas are a real treat as these specialty sodas are found in most establishments catering to Spanish speaking clients. They come in what we would call the ‘exotic flavors’, made with full fruit flavors with real sugar cane. Thank God the makers understand this is the way to make soda. That’s why Mexican Coke is still the best bottled Coke on the market. They use real sugar and it has a refreshing sweetness to all their flavors of soda.
The second time I visited the restaurant, the place was mobbed around late lunch early dinner and almost all the seats in the 8 seat restaurant were full. It’s all bar seating around the grill. I had a Triple Decker Sandwich ($9.50), which came with a side of freshly cooked French fries and a pickle. This nicely made sandwich was on toasted wheat bread (there are three choices of bread) and the sandwich is loaded with freshly made turkey breast, crisp bacon, lettuce and tomato and mayo. Each bite you could hear the sound of crispness and the flavors just married one another. I ordered it with a Grapefruit Jarritos Mexican soda, which was refreshing and crisp after a long walk on a hot day.
The guy who works the grill never misses a beat and it is like watching an artist work. He does all the cooking himself and is so organized as he handles all orders with such style. Everything is cooked with such care and perfection and everyone is so happy to see him and his (I assume) wife who works the register. On top of all the orders he has to cook, one by one, he manages to be able to greet people, smile and even do some conversing when it slows a bit. That is real magic.
The service is very welcoming in both English and Spanish and the environment is lively, very engaging and welcoming. You really feel like part of the neighborhood when eating here and I even got the impression the woman remembered me from eating there just two days earlier (with the look on her face when I returned). I am just impressed that such a small place with such good food and reasonable prices still existed on the Upper East Side.
This is a great place to go for lunch after a full day of museum hopping or just visiting Central Park.