Daily, 24 hours
L at First Ave.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Division Ave. to Grand St., Kent Ave. to 16th St.
In the former home of a recording studio that hosted acts like Beastie Boys and Bad Brains, B.A.D. Burger is a rocking 24-7 East Village greasy spoon. It's styled similarly to the Brooklyn original, with black and white tiling and tables accented by red booths, and retro videogames separating the front and back dining rooms. The Manhattan location’s food, however, is a step up. Appetizers range from the usual wings and rings to fried macaroni-and-cheese balls, or broiled bacon-wrapped dates with a fig and balsamic reduction. A mound of nachos is coated in tasty guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, black beans, and bacon, with a "facon" substitute available. In fact, most of B.A.D.’s menu has vegan versions. Perfectly cooked-to-order burgers can be custom built or selected from a list of signatures, like the Wake & Bake (bacon, egg, and cheese) and the Piggy-Back (covered in pulled pork). Fried platters like fish & chips and fried chicken come complete with two sides or try the ultra-heavy Brooklyn bolognese, sloppy joe slathered on mac and cheese. Similarly, creative egg dishes, waffles, and sandwiches fill the breakfast all day ("B.A.D.") menu. Indulgent desserts are accompanied by rotating treats from the Bad Girl Bakery.
Bad dates, $7; any burger, $8-12