120 W 57th St (Viceroy Hotel)
City: New York, NY
Phone: (212) 707-8000
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Chef: Marc Murphy
2nd Cuisine: Eclectic
Area: West 50s
Last year I had the delightful opportunity to eat the hamburgers at Landmarc and Ditch Plains, Marc Murphy's well-known restaurants. That yielded some rather pleasing results, so when I caught wind that Murphy was serving a burger at his new joint, Kingside, I made arrangements to try it as quickly as I could. Kingside is a beautiful restaurant in the swank, new Viceroy Hotel on 57th Street. It’s closer to (and exceeds) the price point of Landmarc, leaving the casual Ditch Plains far behind in terms of cost. So did it earn its price tag?
There are very few foods that I don’t like at all, almost none actually. But cauliflower and carrot are two of them. After being served my Kingside Burger, I looked a little more closely at the menu to find that one of the toppings was giardiniera relish. Two ingredients in giardiniera relish are cauliflower and carrots. As such, I dreaded my first bite. Luckily, the patty was of impeccable quality, and so flavorful. The bun, toasted and buttered, was also excellent. The white cheddar cheese while tasty, stuck more to the bun than the patty, which was awkward but didn’t cause any flavor problems.
A more “sophisticated” and expensive burger than the ones at Landmarc and Ditch Plains, come to Kingside for the atmosphere and stay for the delicious beef.
Review By: Brad Garoon