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 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 macian on 11/22/2005
Best thing about the Corner Bistro is the intelligence of the afternoon patrons and two main bartenders. Lively and fascinating conversation abounds from older people, who leave when the tunnel and bridge crowd comes in, about 6 pm. There is also a great selection of blues and jazz as background music.
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 jamesviola79 on 4/4/2008
I finally tried this popular West Village spot after reading rave reviews in this very magazine. I wasn't disappointed. The burgers are among the best (and cheapest) in the city, even if they overcook the bacon for my taste. But where else in Manhattan can you find draft beer for $2.50? They play a nice mix of late 50s R'n'B and Be-Bop with the occasional Stones track thrown in, and there are three TV screens showing three different sporting events, all of which keeps you entertained enough as you queue for a table. Last night I went back with my girlfriend and we sat at the bar, where such aforementioned pleasures combined to the point where I almost achieved a blissful sensory overload. Burger heaven.
By Upstater87North on 3/3/2005
A crazy atmosphere for new customers. Gotta love the cheap beer and great burgers. The fries are so-so. Be prepared to do the Corner Bistro "shuffle" down the bar until you get served. You might be a tad bit drunk by the time your food arrives. Nothing wrong with that on a weekend evening!
By kangell50 on 2/28/2003
Always crowded, we've run into many of the same poeple (bar flies) everytime we go. Invariably you'll get some flack from the bar tenders if you don't order quickly. We go for the cheap eats and even cheaper beerŅand the guys.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.