Paul’s Da Burger Joint

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75 Solid

Whether medium-well or medium-rare, each juicy, eight-ounce patty is cooked to perfection.

131 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10003


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The lowdown

Owner Paul Koval began fantasizing about opening a burger joint in 1979. Lucky for burger fans, that dream became a reality in 1989 with Paul’s Palace, which devotees say serves some of the best burgers in town. It doesn’t hurt, either, that most of the line cooks have been there for more than a decade. Their experience shows in the shop’s fast turnaround and uncanny ability to get a customer’s order right, whether medium-well or medium-rare. Each juicy, eight-ounce patty is cooked with care. Toppings offer culinary variation for the gastrointestinally intrepid; try the whopping Soul Burger, overloaded with bacon, cheese, ham, and fried onions. The extensive menu offers toppings that run from fiery jalapeño peppers to unctuous fried egg. Those who savor kitsch on the side will appreciate Paul’s extensive collection of bric-a-brac oddities: a model train that chugs along the perimeter of the room, a toy bear cycling on a tightrope overhead, and dolls of golden-era film stars with over-sized heads. Others may find the décor a bit overwhelming, even headache inducing, which may explain the occasionally gloomy disposition of the waitstaff.

What you need to know

Recommended DishesSt. Mark’s Burger with cheese.

DrinksNo Alcohol

Noise LevelCivilized