On the way to a local theater, and just steps from Tompkin’s Square Park
, I saw the inviting entrance to Paul’s Da Burger Joint and sidled in for a quick bite. Paul’s is an iconic, family-run restaurant in New York City’s East Village since 1989. Locals and celebrities alike love the homey vibe of Paul’s. Now that I have experienced the ambiance, I must agree.
Posted options at Paul’s Da Burger Joint. Photo by Valerie Blanchard
Bohemians, Artists and Musicians
Before delving into my burger experience, you must realize where we are. It’s New York City’s exciting East Village! What began as a working-class neighborhood became a counterculture hub hosting music clubs, art galleries, and theaters. For decades, the vibrant creative scene of bohemians, artists, and musicians defined this area. And despite changes and new developments, the East Village’s spirit remains intact. Vintage shops, street art, and local businesses pay homage to the age-long, colorful history. Although tourists and new buildings have come in, the neighborhood maintains a strong sense of community among its residents. I sensed the past and present while dining at Paul’s Da Burger Joint.
Table seating at Paul’s Da Burger Joint. Photo by Valerie Blanchard
Imagine it, and it’s yours!
Whether you sit at the counter and chat with the chef or grab a checkered-covered table with a friend, the experience is extraordinary. Paul’s is fun. The service is quick and attentive, and the toppings available for the ½ lb. burgers are staggering. One can choose ham, fried egg, jalapenos, or fried onions. Imagine it, and it’s yours!
Posters and Wall Art at Paul’s Da Burger Joint. Photo by Valerie Blanchard
The menu offered beef burgers plus many other options. Choices included sausage and peppers, Philly cheese steak, fish filet sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken, and veggie burgers.
Pauls Da Burger Joint Menu Page 1. From www.paulsburgersnyc.com
The Deluxe Plate
I ordered a beef burger with fried onions. Since I opted for the deluxe plate, my burger came with fries, tomato, lettuce, and pickles. The burger arrived perfectly cooked according to my liking, and the cold bottle of Guinness Stout was perfect. While beer is the only alcoholic beverage sold, they offer an excellent selection, and I quickly dispelled any thoughts of having wine with my burger. There are a variety of soft drinks for purchase as well.
An eight oz. burger with fries, pickles, tomatoes, and lettuce at Paul’s Da Burger Joint.
I highly recommend Paul’s Da Burger joint with its fun East Village vibe and great food! Remember to come hungry and prepare to add Paul’s to your list of the best burgers in NYC.
Burger art outside of Paul’s Da Burger Joint. Photo by Valerie Blanchard
Paul’s Da Burger Joint www.paulsburgersnyc.com
131 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
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