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Epstein's burger - disappointing

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Epstein's burger - disappointing

AssociEat | Jan 14, 2005 09:45 AM

I grabbed a burger at the bar at Epstein's on Stanton and Allen last night. In a word: disappointing.

On a Thursday night, Epstein's is a zoo, full of a blend of hipsters on the less cool end of the spectrum and yuppies. Luckily, my friend and I were able to find a couple of seats at the bar.

Decor is not so great. A wooden bar is really the only decor, actually. There's nothing on the walls. It's really sort of bleak. The room was way too cold, too.

I ordered a hamburger medium-rare; my friend ordered a cheeseburger medium. The bartender somehow got that order as two cheeseburgers medium. Not a good sign. I decided to split the difference and go with a burger medium.

With cheese or not, the burger is $7, if I remember correctly. You get lettuce, tomato, a healthy portion of onion, bacon, and a large serving of "McDonald's" (bartender's words) fries. The burger was cooked at least medium-well, maybe well-done. As a result, not very juicy. Moderately flavorful, a step up from the average diner burger for sure. Bacon was old, cold, and hard. A wiser man would not have eaten it. Fries were ice cold.

I would not return on a Thursday night or a weekend night. I hear they cut the price significantly during the day and on Sunday. Perhaps it would be worth it then, but I don't think subpar food is ever worth it.

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