Any burger that costs more than five bucks is not a burger.
With the possible exception of the Bobcat Cafe, all the places listed are aspiring more to "fine dining" than to "burger joints".
Jim, I will agree with you that any burger that sells today for more than $5.00 in the Metroplex is not simply a burger anymore. The problem is that once you get away from the burger chains employing kids for help, burger prices vary quite a bit around the county, and mirror the general cost of dining out in an area. Last time I was in there, a Manhattan supermarket owned by A&P wanted $4.39 a pound for no-name, commodity supermarket ground round, not even ground fresh on site. Also, the price is greater if there is table service at the burger place.
Granted, you can get a small cheeseburger for $4.75 at The Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, but this is a take-out operation. Great during a thunderstorm, like just right now. A nearby local burger joint http://www.newyorkburgerco.com/menu.html
that is staffed by kids with no waiter service now wants $6.50 for a 6 ounce burger with lettuce and tomatoes. The only thing fancy is a brioche-style bun. But, local commercial foodservice buns do not hold up well to 6 ounce burgers. Prices at other local places such as Irish bars are about the same. The next thing below this price point is restaurants serving frozen foodservice patties.
Can we say the equivalent of a five dollar burger in the Metroplex?
post edited by David_NYC - 2009/07/29 16:03:08