Friday, July 13, 2012

St. Mark's: Paul's and Pommes Frites

My cousin Thomas is living with us in the city for the summer, and we decided to bring him to some local favorites to get him more acquainted with Manhattan (he's from Westchester --not too far away). On Tuesday night, we went down to St. Marks to grab some burgers... and fries on the side.

Paul's "Da Burger Joint" has been around in New York as long as I have, and they stick to the basics. It's a simple thick 8 ounce ground griddle cooked sirloin burger on a standard bun with standard toppings. It's juicy, it's fatty, it's filling, and it's cheap. I had the signature Saint Mark's cheeseburger with mushrooms and fried onions, and my cousin Thomas chose his own toppings and went for a bold bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg. Do not go here if you're looking or a fancy haute burger with artisan cheeses and Kobe beef. This is a no fuss greasy hamburger that pairs perfectly with a thick vanilla (or black and white) milkshake.

Saint Mark's Burger

Beef burger with bacon, fried egg, onions, lettuce, and mayo on the side

Paul's "Da Burger Joint"
131 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003

After the burgers, we had fries down the block. Yes, it was REALLY hard to hold off the fries until after the burger. Pommes Frites has a very simple menu consisting of only authentic Belgian fries with a long list of sauces. They're thick cut double fried fries that are then tossed in salt shower, and trust me, I had to look away from the cooking process to soothe my cringing nutrition education. We all shared a regular sized fries (which was just enough for the 4 of us after some whopping burgers) with black truffle mayonnaise and a lot of ketchup. The mayo was a bit too salty for me to thoroughly enjoy the truffle flavor, but I really want to go back to try their poutine!

Pomme Frites
123 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003

--I found this out afterwards, but Friday 7/13/12 was National FRENCH FRY DAY! YAY! POMMES FRITES!

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