I am one of those that still enjoy the simple things in life. I hunt out the old style joints from a time gone by. Old New York is disappearing and in it’s place are plenty of terrific new spots to eat and drink at. Yet, there are times when all I want to satisfy me is a decent burger and a cold drink without all the hoopla and trendiness. Paul’s Da Burger Joint and Gem Spa are a few of those spots. Only a few feet from each other. What’s more New York than a burger and an egg cream?
Paul’s Da Burger Joint –
Old school New York style burger joint. Greasy meaty goodness. Sit at the counter. Watch the cooks make your burger and steam fry it under a metal bowl on the grill. Tell them to make your fries well done and crispy. Fry those suckers to death.
Smell the grease. Breathe it in. Become one with it.
Eat like a fatty and enjoy a slice of life that is missing nowadays. Funny signs and sayings hanging all around. No nonsense crew here but pleasant with a waitress that calls you “hon’ or “sweetie”. Not the biggest spot but more than enough tables in this hole in the wall meat mecca. A bit of wear and tear on the place but clean enough. Lots of deliveries going on while I was there. Plenty of burgers to choose from on the menu and cheap overall too. Even all day breakfast is offered. Great classic rock playing from KISS and Boston among others. Brings back memories of my younger days and college haunts.
The cheeseburger I ordered was actually a huge hunk of meat. Pretty damn good too. Juicy and tasty. I ain’t fooling anyone by drinking a diet Stewart’s Root Beer with this meal. Paul’s is the kind of anti-trendy place that is a slice of meaty heaven culled from the past.
Go out drinking. Come for the burger. Leave fat and happy.
Paul’s – http://www.paulsburgers.com/
Gem Spa –
Hot dang! This beaten up hole in the wall actually makes a pretty effin’ good egg cream!
Walked by this junky NYC newsstand / magazine stand / snack shop a million times and never thought to try out one here. Packed wall to wall with the basic newsstand junk – newspapers, mags, candy, gum, tobacco products, knock off electronic accessories, condoms, hats, sunglasses, etc – along with a small sink/prep area for egg creams behind the register area. Honestly, the place looks like it might collapse at any moment. I don’t think they will be getting an “A” rating on their health report!
Even though my mind thought “shady” and “bubonic plague” I still had to try one out here. With so many good raves on Yelp about it I figured “what’s a little Hep C” among friends?
I just went for the plain vanilla egg cream. To me, that’s the best way to see if they make a good one. Sure, the chocolate version made with U-Bet syrup is great, but I wasn’t in a super sweet drinking mood. For $2.50 I was treated to a fairly large cup of frothy, icy, bubbly, cold vanilla tastiness. Yum!
A damn good egg cream. Pretty surprising. All I know is that I will be visiting my doctor for a tetanus shot today.