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331 W. 4th St., New York, NY, 10014
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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.
overrated big time
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 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.
over-hyped, over-crowded, good burger
By Humdinger on 1/14/2003
They make a good burger, inexpensive, and the beer at $2 for a 10 oz glass is right on. I love those slightly undersized and Nice Price glasses. But I've been in several times now, and its always elbow to elbow, line from the back of the room to the door, people coming and going, cold air coming in, blowing the smoke back in your face. It should have a nice vibe, and does pretty well there despite the crowding. But is the same kind of vibe and flavor and food and prices and everything else that you can get at any good bar in any town in the world. Just with fire-code levels of people added on. Who needs it for a burger that you could cook at home and beer that you could buy in the store and have some friends over instead?
By 56yearsanewyorker on 12/27/2005
Dined on 12/26/05 at 4:45PM Though relatively cheap, two burgers, w/cheese & bacon, arrived luke warm at best on a room temperature Walmart bun; ordered medium rare but on rare, cold side. Tasted OK but not juicy. Bacon was thick and tasty. Cheese mere American slice. Fries thin, ok, but of frozen variety; Heinz Ketchup watered down; Cola served in a glass mug with too much ice and little cola. Two bacon cheeseburgers w/lettuce, tomato & 3 sweet canned pickle slices, two fries & one cola billed at $20.50 incl. tax [not incl. tip].
Sad to have to say this....
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. : - (
What is the big deal?
By kabasan on 11/2/2004
Can't say where's the beef here but what is the big deal. Decor is dive and so is the way they give you the food. eating from paper plates was a turn off. My friends love it though....
Burgers and Barflies
By crankmike on 4/18/2008
I have been to Corner Bistro a few times, but my visit last week was by far my most enjoyable. I strolled in on a beautiful spring day at around 12 noon and there was plenty of space for me to sit. I quickly ordered a cheeseburger and a Bloody Mary from the attentive and jolly bartender. The burger was enormous and tasty, if not a bit messy. The Bloody Mary was a bit heavy on the horseradish, but otherwise passable. For 20 bucks I got a cheeseburger, Bloody Mary and a McSorley's. For me though, the real draw are the regulars who sit at the end of the bar. Listening to their conversations and opinions is what makes a place like this so great . If there was one thing I would change would be the stools at the bar. They are just a bit too low, making eating at the bar a bit awkward. A must visit for any New Yorker.
This is everyone's local tavern.
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 beerÑand the guys.
Crowded....but damn good.
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!
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