Hey folks, today I’ll be reviewing Bill’s Bar and Burger. My mom was in town last week and she was going to a museum in the Meatpacking District. I’d heard that Bill’s has good burgers, so we went as a group, me and Megan, my mom, and my cousin and her boyfriend. The restaurant is located at 22 9th Avenue, between 13th and 14th Streets. It’s cozy, and when we were seated in the back room, it was fairly dead, being the start of the lunch hour. It got busier as we ate our meal. The menu was definitely Steven-friendly, which was one of the main reasons I’d picked it. Basically just a lot of meat was what was happening, wings, burgers, hot dogs, fries, and milkshakes. Some of the milkshake flavors sounded intriguing, but instead I opted for an Angry Orchard cider. We started with a half dozen buffalo wings, which cost $11.95. That comes out to two dollars a wing, which is pretty freaking overpriced, but it’s Manhattan, an upscale part of town, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. No worries, though, since my mom was paying for it. Thanks, mom! The wings were very good, at least, smoky, saucy, and meaty, with just a bit of a kick from the buffalo sauce. Nothing special, but definitely serviceable.
Next up was the main course, and I felt like I had to go with the burger. I opted to build my own burger. I got mine medium, and added mozzarella and chili. The burger was $9.75, the added cheese was an extra dollar, and the added chili was an extra two dollars. That’s expensive, again, especially since it didn’t come with fries, and I was obliged to add them to the order. They were five dollars. That means that all together I was looking at $17.75. Again, that’s on the expensive side, any way you choose to look at it, but you’re paying for the zip code, so it’s unavoidable. A picture of the burger is below.
This was a tasty burger, and, at six ounces, it was a good size, but not excessive. It came with tomato and lettuce, which I removed, but it least there was no hated onion. The chili had beans and brisket, and it was savory rather than sweet, tasting of vinegar a bit. The cheese was stretchy and added a pleasant flavor, and the bun was lightly toasted. Really no complaints, this made for a tasty lunch, particularly with the fries on the side. They’re below.
They were hot, starchy, and crispy, everything you look for from my favorite side dish. The portion was also ample, but not excessive. When I finished my meal, I was pleasantly full, not overly so. With some good company and conversation, this was a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I have no problems recommending Bill’s Bar and Burger based on the quality of the food or the portion size, but I will say that the price is a bit prohibitive. Also, this wasn’t exactly a healthy meal, so I would simply say this: I’d be happy coming back here, but it would have to be an occasional thing, seeing as this sort of meal leaves you a pound or two heavier, and a little lighter in the wallet, too. A long walk afterward might have been my penance, were it not brutally cold on this particular day. Oh well, spring should be here soon.