331 W 4th St New York, NY 10014
Like every self-respecting New Yorker who loves a good burger, I’ve dined many a night at Corner Bistro. I found that each time I have more or less been happy with the product placed before me. Today I decided to check the Bistro out with a more critical eye.
- Pass the Chup!
OK, first thing is first. If you go there any day besides maybe a Monday or a Sunday night, you will be waiting on line cramped in between a bunch of Manhattanites, tourists, and expatriates. This really isn’t so terrible, because you then have easier access to the bar where McSorley’s is on draft. Three darks for $7.50 isn’t a bad way to start the evening. Also you can engage in lively conversation with the other semi-hungry and semi-buzzed people eagerly awaiting their tables. I think we were speaking to Germans at some point. Bier bitte? Ja!
Okay, so we had our beers and the line moved rather fast. Our corner booth was available in approximately 20 minutes. Not too shabby for a Wednesday night! We proceeded to the booth. Nothing fancy, loads of not-that-relevant graffiti carved into the ancient wooden table. A room full of some well-dressed people was juxtaposed with such an unassuming and divy kind of place.
The smell of bacon greeted us as we sat down. Oh yes! The rumor about town is that they cook the fries in the bacon grease. I think they just cook the bacon in the fryer… but either way works for me.
Royale with Cheese
I love places that have very limited menus. It usually means that they can make the few things on it very well. I think that I only saw “burgers” and “grilled cheese.” My companions and I went with the “Bistro Burger” naturally. Bacon, “cheese”, tomato, lettuce, onions, and pickles. Also a side of french fries each.
Don't Bring your Rabbi!
The burgers were indeed tasty and juicy. However, although the flavor was really good, but it didn’t necessarily knock it out of the park. More embarrassing, the cheese they used was that processed American crap. One slice of poverty cheese. Seriously there’s still a market for that stuff? So many better options out there. Oh well. They did load up the bacon, which definitely was where the flavor was coming from. The bacon with the burger was a great match. The bun was wonder bread. A great match with the poverty cheese slice on the burger. The fries were skinny little things. They were crispy and nice, (with a hint of bacon) but I like my fries a little meatier, you know? These things probably came frozen out of a bag.
So what is the proof? OK boys and girls…
The good: Corner Bistro defies the neighborhood. For the West Village this place is still serving up some decent burgers in a super swanky locale. The menu is value, along with the drinks. Our bill was 30 dollars for 3 bistro burgers, 3 fries, and 3 beers once we sat down. Not too shabby. The food is greasy and good, and there is not much hassle to it.
The bad: The line. Tonight we were lucky, but it might be annoying on a Friday, especially if you had a lamer crowd in there. The food? Well, there’s a chance that I could make a better burger at home… But who the heck wants to do that?!? For a night out with some good friends, I definitely recommend the Bistro. Proved.