A lot of people say that the Meatpacking District is over, its become ridden with tourists and therefore has lost its appeal. But Pop Burger is still alive and kicking.
A large group of us headed to Pop Burger last night after celebrating Laura's birthday at the Cabanas at the Maritime. We all needed something to eat and Pop Burger was the obvious and nearby choice.
The menu, like the place itself, depends on where you sit. If you sit up front, its a take out place with burgers, fries and the like. If you sit in back its a lounge that serves interesting-named cocktails and bar food including the requisite mini-burgers. I guess they think that if you're drinking you wouldn't want to consume an entire burger. (I think they may have that backwards.)
We opted for the lounge so some less hungry members of our party could continue the festivities. The rest of us, which included the insatiable JB and myself, ordered mini-burgers and fries all around. Each plate of mini-burgers comes with three burgers and a ketchup dipping sauce. Their burgers are simple, small (of course) and come with cheese, lettuce, tomato and pop sauce, which my friend claimed was merely Russian dressing. Its certainly not the best burger I've ever had, but it gets the job done. Fries are hit or miss. We had several cones of them. I sampled almost every batch, each having a different level of crispness.
My friend V.J. , who lives close by, says he makes Pop Burger a frequent stop. And that's just what it should be - if you're in the neighborhood or need a burger after a few drinks, its a great nightcap on the evening.
But next time, I'm getting a full size burger. This mini-stuff is definitely not my style.
Until we eat again, KLB