|Bill's Bar and Burger|
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Craving a burger, I found myself at Bills Bar & Burger, a sprawling new bi-level restaurant on the outskirts of Rockefeller Center.Review By: Thomas Rafael
I always love the reaction to a person eating solo. First I was offered a seat at the bar which looked cramped and not conducive for a quiet meal. So, I asked for a table. I don't think the maître d' was happy with that. I was banished to the the far reaches of the restaurant. Let's just say if they put me any further I would have been sitting in the ladies room. It was right by an exit that was cold and drafty even though there were plenty of other empty tables on a Monday at 6pm. So, there I was perched on what felt like a highchair with a bar table in front of me. It was covered with a plastic tablecloth with a blue checkerboard pattern that reminded me of something you might buy from a 99 Cent store for an outdoor barbecue. Or, maybe not.
At this point, I was not impressed. The only salvation was my waitress, Tiffany. She was a beam of sunshine; helpful and sweet. Message to management: make Tiffany the maître d'. She quickly brought me a mug of Bill's Brew ($5), a Six Point ale that arrived in a frosty mug and had a nice bite. After a quick peak at the menu, I decided upon the Bacon Cheddar Burger ($7.50) with a side of sweet potato Fries ($4.95). In a city with ample burger choices from Five Guys to Shake Shack my expectations were rather low.
Then it arrived. A decent size patty topped with a thin layer of aged cheddar and two thick slices of crispy hickory smoked bacon on a sesame seed bun. The first bite was followed by an immediate "ahhhh." Then a second bite and an "mmmm," and a third bite and a big fat "wow!" It was one of the best burgers I ever tasted; served well-done hot off the griddle, yet still incredibly juicy. The toppings adding to its flavor without overwhelming it . Let's just say I devoured it in record time, along with a pile of those fresh-cut sweet potato fries. It really was a nice surprise.
On my next visit (and I plan many), I'd like to try the Fat Cat ($7.25) served with caramelized onions, or maybe Bill's Original New York Burger ($8.50) loaded up with everything from mushrooms and red onions to guacamole and chili. They're also serving up Hatfield beef hot dogs with pickle relish and sauerkraut ($3.95) at prices any parent would love, especially in this neck of the woods.
Before leaving Tiffany brought over what she called her "cupcake tree" filled with all sorts of goodies. I settled on a double chocolate caramel cupcake that I brought home for my son. He loved it. I was too busy still savoring the memories of my burger.
Neighborhood: West 50s
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