Bobby's Burger Palace. The Bobby in the restaurant name would be Bobby Flay, accomplished NYC chef turned omni-present Food Network star. Lucky for me, the closest establishment (hard to call it restaurant, let alone palace) is only a 25-minute drive away. As we were eating with an infant and two children, we chose to arrive early at 11:30 to beat the lunch crowd.
image from Bobby's Burger Palace.com
After placing the order, you are given a number and then make your way to sit at a winding counter or a communal table and eagerly await the order.
We chose the Crunchburger, Kid's Meal,
Philadelphia Burger, crunchified,
and Bobby Blue Burger, crunchified (bacon was extra.)
The Angus beef burgers were juicy, not greasy, cooked perfectly medium (slightly pink) with decent char. I think the idea of crunchified is novel, as it adds an textural dimension to the burger.
image from NY Daily News
In other burger news, Shake Shack just opened a new outpost in Times Square, at 44th and 8th. Love the place! Love the frozen custard! And it's opened until midnight, if you get the late-night munchies.