Located on a quintessential West Village corner, as its name suggests, Corner Bistro is a bohemian bar and burger joint that’s been serving New York locals for more than a century. Their website says “the original ambience is pretty much unchanged,” and from experience, I can say that’s true. The original wood bar and tin-paneled ceiling have been around since Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and E.E. Cummings were regulars here.
West Village is known for its pricey, upmarket restaurants, so Corner Bistro’s no-frills menu is a welcome addition to the relentless chichi of the neighborhood. The Bistro Burger with cheese, bacon, and onions, as well as a pile of fries, is served on a paper plate for less than $ 10. It’s a close call, but if I had to name my favorite burger in New York, this would be it – if for no other reason than its sheer simplicity. At the bar, the beer is equally cheap, with $ 3 mugs of McSorley’s.
Special tip: Corner Bistro is crowded almost every night of the week. Skip the many brunch spots in West Village and head here on a quiet Saturday or Sunday morning for a burger and a Bloody Mary at the bar. Cash only.