Probably the most unhealthiest meal I have eaten in NYC recently, but after a week of being sick a few months back and hardly eating much I was finally in the mood for a gut busting greasy burger. Nothing cures an upset projectile vomiting stomach quite like a hunk o’ meat, right? It just so happened that I walked by 5 Guys Burgers & Fries and was lured in by the images of hunger pang defying burgers dancing through my brain.
It was my first excursion here. The place itself has that old fashioned soda shop feel with the red and white checkered decor, some tables and counter space to sit at, and a small no-nonsense burger and fry menu. Everything is cooked to order and is prepared fresh. There are even bags of potatoes piled on the floor that they use to make the fries with. Kind of fun looking. Clean dining area, and they have classic rock playing too which I can appreciate.
The burgers here are served as a double patty or as a “little” burger with a single patty. Of course, my inner fatty went with the double fat ass burger with bacon. Also cool here is that they offer unlimited toppings out of 15 or so choices. I also ordered a small cajun fries and a large soda. Whoa! They feature those new-fangled digital soda machines with over 20 different drinks and hundreds of combinations. I had to try out a Mr Pibb Diet Cherry Vanilla soda. Yeah, I’m fooling no one with a diet soda!
It takes a few minutes to get your food as the cooking process takes a bit of time, but at least it’s freshly made. While you are waiting there are barrels of salted peanuts in the shell to take a scoop and munch on. Yes, they are free! I decided to stay there and eat rather than take it back to work as I feel it would go over better served up hot, and I was right. The burger itself is a hulking bunch of meat piled high with the toppings I chose. Tasty enough with a nice grilled flavor to it, but not the juiciest burger I have ever eaten. The cajun fries are the way to go as you literally get a small island of a portion overflowing out of the cup they are served in! Fresh russet potato taste with a spicy cajun coating. Get these over regular fries any day! Nom!
Can’t really find too much to complain about. As there are a bunch of sub-par places to dine at near the Penn Station area this was a welcome option. My burger was prepared just as I asked, the service was competant, plenty of soda choices, tasty fries, free peanuts, and it filled my queezy starving belly.
Five Guys – http://www.fiveguys.com/