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Rare Bar and Grill - burgers NOT done well


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Rare Bar and Grill - burgers NOT done well

OC Mutt | May 29, 2010 04:39 PM

Eating a burger at Rare Bar and Grill might have been one of the most disappointing meals I've had in Manhattan. First, the food (Lexington Ave. location at 37th). I ordered an M&M burger while my brother ordered the burger of the day. Both burgers were ordered medium after the waiter made a point of telling us (I prefer medium rare, but don't like rare), that the medium rare tends to be on the rare side. Both burgers showed up close to well done. The meat was dry, crumbly and tasteless. The burger itself was stacked like a skyscraper and was literally inedible from a physical standpoint. No human mouth can possibly take a bite of a vertical tower like this, and while it looked good, it was absurd. Maybe a snake with an unhinged jaw could do it but not a human being. My brother's burger came with their truffle fries which arrived ice cold and limper than a jellyfish. Entirely inedible so we asked for more - which arrived only slightly warm and still not crisp. The poor service needs to be as well. We were one of only four parties in the entire place at the Lexington location and it took over 25 minutes to get our burgers. We were in a hurry and couldn't send the burgers back and wait another 25 minutes so we decided go grin and bear it. But we did mention the well done meats for their reference - to which the server admitted to us that the chefs had in fact been overcooking their burgers lately. Great. Couldn't have mentioned that to use BEFORE? When I treat myself to a burger, which isn't often, I want a great burger that satisfies. I plan to avoid this place like the plague. Side note, the restroom is supposedly in the hotel lobby but it's an unreasonably long distance away, down flights of stairs and difficult to find.

Rare Bar & Grill
303 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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