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Paul's Da Burger Joint

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(65 Reviews)

131 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

(212) 529-3033

Today: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Provided by Citysearch - 
They have great burgers!

the food is awesome, the drinks are to die for. I loved the staff and everyone in the place. So friendly and professional. Will return! and promise to update this review after the upcoming trip......



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great if you're looking for a meal!

This place looks kind of like one of those rowdy sports bars, but once you go inside, you feel better.
I got a cheeseburger and fries - both were so plentiful, I didn't finish either. I definitely got my money's worth. It costed me a bit less than ten bucks. Around eight.
The burger meat wasn't too seasoned, but that is how I like it. It was extremely juicy. It was so tender, you wouldn't need a knife to cut it. A fork would suffice. I didn't expect less than three dollars' worth of french fries to be so much! When they brought me the huge platter of it, I was pretty floored.
My friend got a lemonade and she said it was really good.
I got my money's worth, the food was good, and I left extremely full. Easily five stars.

Athena Chang


Provided by Citysearch - 
Fat Juicy Burger

They don't mess around here. Burgers here are super big and juicy. If you are on diet, this is not the joint for you. If you are looking for a high maintenance burger, this aint the right spot for you either.

Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and chow down the messy burger at hand. You are certainly going to be full and happy after eating.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Burger i have ever had

I went to this place bc of the reviews that i read, The shop it self its not fancy and very laid back. The burger is huge and very delicious , I give them five starts.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Burger Nirvana

A juicy burger cooked to perfection .. Need to use a knife and fork . Fresh ground beef which melts in your mouth

A small joint so timing is everything here

A friendly staff and intresting patrons that frequent the place



Provided by Citysearch - 
Da Biggest Burgers in NYC.

When I went there, as soon as I walked in, immediately smelled burgers a'cookin. Its the BEST diner/restaurant crossover in NYC. And thats no lie.



Provided by Citysearch - 
HUGE Burgers

This place makes some of the best burgers I've ever had. Whether you order rare or well done, the burgers are juicy and tasty. the Philly Cheesesteaks are really good too.



Provided by Citysearch - 
I Tell People This Place is Terrible... they keep going to the Shake Shack. Hands down the best burger in New York. My biggest fear everytime I walk in is that the secret will finally be out and I'll find the tiny place packed to the gills and I'll have to wait for a table (hasn't happened yet in 7 years of going there). Burgers: juicy, seasoned to perfection and delicious. Toppings plentiful. Worried that your turkey burger will be dry and mealy like so many other places, but trying to watch your red meat intake? Fear not! Vegetable patties also available. Paul's does not discriminate, they just want to serve you the most delicious burger you've ever had.

It's also a must for out of towners looking for that ""authentic"" NYC experience. Greasy spoon atmosphere, sassy but charming waitress, rocky tables.... check, check, and check.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Been to Paul's many times. Definitely one of the best burgers in the city. Delicious, fresh.......AWESOME!



Provided by Citysearch - 

I went to Paul?s Place a couple weeks ago after hearing/reading many good reviews and was hugely disappointed. The burger bun got too moist and ?what?s worse- gooey in a matter of minutes. The ground beef was bland because it had no salt on it. The paper-thin slice of Swiss was bland as well (domestic, most likely). The pickles were so old they were way too soft and had a weird smell and slightly bitter aftertaste. Even the lemon wedge that came with my soda was old and smelly?



Provided by Citysearch - 
Now This is a Good Burger

I have had my share of bad burgers but this is NOT the case with Paul's. I usually stop here whenever my kids visit me from out of state and want a cheeseburger. I have to admit I wouldn't dine inside only because it is a little cramp to dine in but that is the only negative thing I can say about the place. Put a tip in the tip jar and hear them honk the horn. My girlfriend and I usually order to go and then walk down St. Marks from the East Village to the West Village. For Manhattan, the prices are reasonable and the burgers are big (granted not as big as Jackson Hole). You can't go wrong with this place.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The best burgers anywhere!!!

I love burgers. I've eaten burgers at every self-professed ""best burgers"" joint. I can honestly say that without a doubt, Paul's burger was the best I've ever had. The only other place that comes close is Lou's Lunch in New Haven. I got an English burger - just a plain old burger with cheese on an English muffin. It didn't need a thing. The taste of the meat was amazing. I'm surprised they didn't have a cow carcass in the back room (or maybe they did - hey it's the East Village!) because the meat tasted so fresh. And yes, the burgers are going to be bigger than the bun (plain old Wonder bread buns) but who wouldn't want a bigger burger??? I would totally recommend the English muffin because it's kinda crispy and doesn't get soggy with all that greasy meaty burger juice. We didn't get any fries or anything because we wanted to stuff ourselves with that damn tasty burger... but we did get a vanilla egg cream to drink that was pretty awesome. The decor is something you'd expect from the area - no frills, but still pretty cool - old neon space design on the black ceiling, diner style tables and chairs, standard lunch counter, etc. A small place but who really cares - I'd eat one of their burgers standing on my head on the street corner and it would still have a smile on my face. Worth the trip from anywhere. If you love burgers like I do, you have to go... just be forewarned - you'll never want a burger from anywhere else once you try Paul's.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Burger Ever ^_^ <3<3<3

I went to Paul's Burger Joint last Saturday with my boyfriend, after Self's Workout in the Park. Lol. But we were deciding on Dallas BBQ across the street or Paul's but we were tired of eating chicken at home. Best decision ever made. I had a Cheese Burger Deluxe sub. Sweet Potato fries and Boyfriend had Soul Burger Deluxe. OMG that first ever lovin' bite just melted in my mouth. It was juicy, no gristle and very very lean. After trying to fit that last bite, I was so full i skipped dinner. The prices are pretty decent for something so excellent. I recommend that you MUST have breakfast first or have some serious munchies.




Provided by Citysearch - 
Love at First Bite

I've had the great fortune of ordering the East Sider Deluxe (Gigantic burger with heaps of bacon, cheese, mushrooms, sauteed onions, tomato, raw onions, and lettuce.. with mounds of crispy fries on the side) last night and loved it from the first bite to the last greasy crumb. This is coming from a guy who loves red meat and has tasted many different burgers from numerous places around the city (and we're not talking McDonalds here) and Paul's burgers are the best I've had by far. It's not even a contest. And we're talking delivery here. I'm sure the burgers are even more spectacular right off the grill. Now some of the others commented that the buns are a bit small and I agree with that, but that's what makes the whole eating experience so much more enjoyable. And why even bother with utensils? We're talking burgers here people.... so forget the fork and knife... Get your bottle of ketchup ready, roll your sleeves up, grab that monster by the sides, and dig in. That's how I like to enjoy my burger and that's how I enjoyed it last night. So to all you lucky people that get to eat at Paul's or order from there.. bon appetite.



Provided by Citysearch - 

There's really no reason to come here if you're not having a burger. Cheap, low maintenance, quick and easy.

No matter how many fancy restaurants open up, just admit it, at heart, we're all burger loving slobs.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Before a night of heavy drinking or the following afternoon...

I have a Paul's Burger. It can't be beat. If red meat kills, allow me to help you pick out my casket. As long as Paul's is around, I'm not going strict veg anytime too soon. There's a (one single) guy behind the counter when I go there ""the morning after."" I'm not sure if it's Paul but whoever this guy is, whoa! If you're reading this, you should work nights because the guys on the grill in the evening aren?t really measuring up.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great burgers!

My first bite into this bacon cheddar cheese burgers was a burst of beefy juice flavor, I ordered medium rare (pink center) but it came to be a medium (no pink) which i thought wasn't cool but it was still awesome regardless. This place would have easily been a 5 star by me if i didn't order the onion rings which were $3.20 dollars for a hefty plate of frozen pathmark onion rings which were just re-fried in the frier. The waitress there was very nice and was great until one of the kitchen hands brought out our drink of boylan's root beer when we asked for stewarts, after stating the fact that he had gotten the wrong one. My gf and i had then come to understand that he spoke nothing more than yes and no of the english language; frustrating. GREAT BURGERS ! not so great onion rings i warn you don't get it. i honestly thought they'd be homemade but i thought wrong. ONION RINGS NOT GREAT.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Paul's got so many variety of burgers. I am never disappointed. Whether it's the Bacon Cheeseburger or Burger with Feta...they are all good! I like the atmosphere...and the area of course. Order the deluxe---the fries and shakes are good too!



Provided by Citysearch - 

i LOVE this place. my mouth is watering just thinking about their burgers. The patties are big, the fries are delicious and the staff is no BS. If you are ever in the east village, you HAVE to drop by here for a burger. I've brought many friends here and no one has ever been disappointed.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Burgers in NYC!

Paul's has got to be the best burgers in NYC! Visited last sunday for lunch. The burgers are huge and fresh and juicy as can be! I recommend the sweet potato fries! Plus our waitress was a breath of fresh air...SO nice and prompt and seemed to actually like her job...something you rarely find! The place is small, but that's what makes it what it is.

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Payment method
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Price Range
Downtown Manhattan, East Village

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Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Drive Through: No

Cuisines: Southern, Soul, Burgers, Caterers, Barbecue, American, Sandwiches, Take Out, Hot Dogs, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Steakhouse, Healthy, Cajun & Creole

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average

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