331 W. 4th St., New York, NY, 10014
at Jane St.
By googie_bergdorff on 6/23/2011
My friends have been coming here a couple of times a month since getting out of college 20 years ago. The burgers, believe it or not, are smaller than they used to be, and the fact that every idiot in NYC who can open a web browser now knows about the place means that the always long lines have increasingly contained people who whine and then post half-witted negative reviews, but for the money it's still the best deal in New York for the quality of burger and charming vibe in an increasingly soulless city.
By kjamieb23 on 5/21/2011
The reviews saying things like "I could cook this at home" and "it's crowded- eew" are pretty funny to me. No, you cannot replicate the CB's burger experience at home. Yes, it's over-crowded and probably over-hyped. But standing in line at CB isn't like waiting at your average ANYthing. The burgers are delicious, certainly as good as the Manhattan steakhouse burgers mentioned in the article (I've never had a Peter Luger burger), and almost half as expensive. The fries are merely ok. The beer has been mentioned. What hasn't been mentioned is an experience like: Phillip Seymour Hoffman waiting in line, sending his publicist or assistant or whatever to try and jump the line to get a table immediately; that assistant being told they have to wait in line like everyone else; everyone in the line applauding the bartender who told them that as Phillip and his assistant leave, rather than wait like everyone else. I love NY. And that doesn't happen in your kitchen or at "trendy burger joint X". THAT'S what makes it unique. (other celebrity anecdotes too, not just the one. And no, I don't work there or have any interest other than a good time)
By MKfromBrooklyn on 5/4/2011
The Corner Bistro is the perfect tavern: cheap food, cheap drinks, great bartenders, and good people. I went last night for maybe the tenth time and was finally inspired to write a review! 6 drinks-- 3 rum and coke, 3 jacks on the rocks-- for only $36. One of the best places in the West Village hands down, completely manages to avoid any pretentiousness that I always find when I'm in that part of the city. It's old fashioned, dark, romantic: FANTASTIC!
By Luckyfella77 on 3/6/2011
Let me start out by saying that I'm a burger fan and that any place that boast a great burger I will at least sample it. My eagerness for sampling this burger was due to it being considered one of the top burger spots of the city. I ordered my burger medium to well with french fries that is an extra charge ( $2.00 ). The burger is served with bacon, onion, tomato, lettuce. Well, after sampling this burger I have to say that there is nothing impressive about it. It is made with very poor quality beef as evident from the smell as it reeks of stale ground beef. The fries were equally unimpressive. This place is tailored more for the locals and the student population from nearby NYU. If you're looking for an impressive meal of the sort, I recommend that you skip this burger and just go there for a beer or two and head out for a night in the town.
By raiders14 on 2/20/2011
read all the reviews wanted to go for awhile;went friday night feb 18th;waited 20 mins had a couple of beers bathroom looked like a subway bathroom very dirty.got a table got splinters in my ass from the plywood was sitting on burgers came fries were ice cold burgers sucked big time.would never go again don't believe the hype!people who work there should take a shower;
By eyebepeisthoff on 2/18/2011
I used to like the Corner Bistro until the night I brought a friend there to show him the place (waited on line etc.) and they sat us next to a large garbage pail with flies buzzing around it. When I asked the waiter for another table he turned to me and snapped, "if you don't like it, you can leave". He knew we waited an hour to get in. I went to the manager, only to be told he didn't want to get involved and it was between me and the waiter. So we left. Never been back since.
By iannj on 8/4/2009
Even when the place is packed, it's always easy to get a beer and place a take-out order. Afternoons are the best, dark and mellow like a tavern should be. A great burger has to outlast the bun, and these do it every time, never having a bad one. Customers and staff are among the most polite I've come across. Recommend to all my friends to go there at least once when they go into the city.
By TheForestEnds on 3/8/2009
CB has been a staple for villagers for years and years, and myself being relatively new to the area, had to try it. Despite all the hype (which was enormous) the place lived up to about 90% of it's hype. The portions were small, but with beer on tap starting at $2.50, you're bound to order more than one burger anyways.
By bearskin on 10/8/2008
Have been here many times and the Bistro Burger is the best burger in New York. The atmostphere at Corner Bistro is laid back / divey with an eccletic crowd. The line is occaisonally long, but the wait goes by quickly especially with a McSorley's or two. Definitely a great spot to get away from pricey NY meals.
By slossy on 5/30/2008
After many wonderful and satisfying burger experiences over the years at the Bistro my last was a major league disappointment. The burger was dry and relatively tasteless - something has changed. I sat with another patron who I met waiting for a table, sharing for a quick lunch. He'd had the same experience on his last two visits and had "moved on" instead to the grilled cheese. I inquired with the bartender if they'd made any adjustments to their ingredients. He responded, of course, that they've been using same beef for 30 years. Whither the legendary Bistro burger? I think I'll continue my trips to Broome Street Bar and Burger Joint instead. : - (
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