A location of LA's Fatburger chain is slated to open next Tuesday at 507 Third Avenue in Murray Hill. Although the cheap burger joint is not as beloved as In-N-Out, or as popular with the foodie set as Umami Burger, it has its fair share of fans on the West Coast. This will be the only Fatburger location in the New York area.
At one point in time, the chain had a location near Gramercy Park, but it closed a few years after opening. For more on the Fatburger phenomenon, check out Robert Sietsema's remembrance of the old New York location, which had a young Matt LeBlanc manning the grill.
I don't get it these burgers SUCK!!!? 5 Guys and TGIF make waaaaay better burgers. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing 7 times (they sponsored my child's little league for years so we always got free burgers if they won a game)???
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The West Coast's takeover of New York City's burger scene—which will bring as many as 10 locations of Fatburger and a handful of Umami Burgers to the area—begins tomorrow with Fatburger's new location in Murray Hill. This is the LA-based burger joint's first location in NYC in some time—there was one near Gramercy Park through the 90s, but that was under a different ownership group. It's got burgers grilled to order with a whole host of toppings stacked in a very specific order (for example, tomato always on the bottom), with prices running slightly above your standard fast food joint with a medium combo right at 10 bucks. The big difference for this location and most of the chain's others is the bar, with only one other Fatburger, on the Vegas Strip, selling booze.
Fatburger plans to open nine more locations in the New York area in the next couple of years, but no locations or timelines have been determined yet. This one will be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
The sad, sad, SAD thing is the franchises are NOTHING like the original. Since the chain went global, the quality of the food has gone down.....waaaay down, while the prices went up as they became known on a national level. The burgers are dry and the chili is too thick. Even the french fries are wrong.
Ms. Lovie's burgers were so good. The taste never changed and it was good food. Her original stand was on Western Ave with a 2nd location on La Cienega. The family sold the La Cienega location to an autobody shop. Not sure why, but it was a dumb move. The original burger stand is still on Western, but boarded up. It was sold to developers and will be torn down. That location should've been a landmark, like Pink's, but it never happened. Back in the day, you saw a little bit of everybody there - celebrities, hood stars, pimps, ho's, cops.