finally went to Royale for the first time last night
nothing fancy, fairly sterile/new bar environment (for the EV), but clean, decently lit and not a bad place to watch the game.
beer selection was kinda weak. maybe 5 on tap, nothing more exotic than magic hat and brooklyn lager.
and the burger?
it lives up to the hype. it's the best burger in the neighborhood. i realize that doesn't really say much. i don't know why, but the east village must be one of the most burger-starved neighborhoods in the city.
this burger comes on a nice, fresh poppy seed roll that has a nice brown finish to it, like an egg wash or something.
the beef isn't ground there, but is delivered fresh every day. loosely packed with a decent char. cooked nicely medium rare.
the cheese was classic American. tasted like boars head. i usually prefer cheddar or gruyere on a burger, but sometimes american is nice. this was one of those times. the bacon was kinda lame. two thin strips.
overall, i wouldn't come down to the EV from another neighborhood for the burger at Royale, but i'm very happy to have it in the neighborhood.