Nonna's LES Pizzeria
This restaurant is closed!
105 Clinton St
City: New York, NY
Phone: (212) 477-2708
Site: Visit the restaurant site
2nd Cuisine: Burgers
Area: Lower East Side
Nonna’s L.E.S. Pizzeria is touted by many LES natives as the best slice in the city. The small pizzeria also boasts an extensive hamburger menu (called Nonna’s Burger Madness) that has some in the neighborhood buzzing. The specialty burgers at Nonna’s are named after the surrounding streets, which the Burgermeisters found cute. The staff is incredibly friendly and the space is small but very comfortable. Nonna’s is open until midnight during the week, and until 4 a.m. on the weekend, so the I was worried that their my sober Sunday adventure might be disappointing. In the end, the results were mixed.
Most of my Burgermeister crew played it safe with the cheeseburger, and found varying degrees of satisfaction from their choices. Only one cheeseburger was requested at a medium rare temperature. The (incredibly friendly and helpful) pizza and burger slingers at Nonna’s took this request very seriously, and the burger came a little too pink and mushy for our comfort. The burger was cooked a little longer, but my buddy could not find much pleasure in his meal, saying that it was bland. Another friend’s cheeseburger came cooked medium, and was likened to the (rare) tasty arena hamburger.
The Clinton was a story unto itself; a bacon cheeseburger with American cheese and caramelized onions. This burger was enjoyed more than the others. The meat was found to be satisfactory and plentiful, the onions and bacon adding a nice salty flavor, and the cheese being a decent subtle compliment to the meal. The only downside, which was a negative for everyone, was the bun. A little dry and far too big for the rest of the burger, the bun made every bite a bit of a strain. Sometimes, less is more.
A change of bun would do wonders for the burgers at Nonna’s. It wouldn’t make it the best burger in downtown Manhattan, but at the low price point they offer it would make it hard to resist a hangover burger on a Sunday.
Review By: Brad Garoon