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23 July 2009

Corner Bistro

UNITED STATES

Frankly, I'm amazed that a place like Corner Bistro still exists. It is no surprise that it has a popular following (sometimes lined up down the block), because it is a simple, casual place to relax in a neighborhood that is normally not simple or casual.

The joint has not become too complacent and changed the reason it is what it is. It still has cheap burgers, and it still has cheap beer. That glass of McSorley's might not come close to being an actual pint, but it's only $2.50. The old worn woods seem like they were around for decades.

The men that hang around in here during lunch and the afternoon are the type of conversationalists that enjoy a quiet music-free bar to drink and chat, a place that seems dark even when the sun is shining brightly outside. It's a place they can hide from their offices, or maybe their wives.


The Bistro burger ($6.75, above) is the most expensive burger on the menu, and right at the top of the board. Once constructed it is much taller than it is wide, a thick 8 ounce burger with a slice of American, tomato, lettuce, onion, and bacon. The bacon is plentiful enough to nibble from before you start, and does most of the work once you do begin, as the meat is a little lifeless. I'm pretty sure they don't marinate or season the ground beef here, and they will always cook it a little longer then you asked for.

At night the place is always swarmed with hungry revelers, something I have until this point avoided. If I were in walking distance though, I would probably be here for lunch every other week or so. It just feels right.

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