Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club
239 3rd Ave (19th St & 20th St)
City: New York, NY
Phone: (212) 677-2600
Site: Visit the restaurant site
2nd Cuisine: New American
Area: Gramercy Park
The Stand Restaurant & Comedy Club has been getting some buzz for its pretzel-bunned hamburger, so as a burger fanatic I had to check it out. The restaurant half of the Stand is quite nice for a comedy club. Given the comedy boom of the last few years, there is no shortage of clubs in New York City, but this one definitely put a fair amount of thought into its edible half. Shortly after being seated and served with beers by the incredible waiter Ryan, I was ready to dine on beef and pretzel.
Unsurprisingly, the pretzel bun stood out as a real treat on this burger. It carried the entire meal. It also held up well to the juicy yet slightly overcooked burger. The patty was hefty, and seasoned with a lot of black pepper. The Avocado Burger was topped with guacamole, which tasted quite good. It paired well with the cheddar cheese. The Bacon Burger was topped with American cheese. The cheese had an interesting char, and the bacon was salty and delicious. This was a very filling meal thanks to the hefty bun and thick patty.
The waffle fries were stellar. They were crunchy, yet full of fluffy potato, and seasoned with expert technique. The Stand also played music that was very appealing to fans of early ’90s rock/alternative.
Review By: Brad Garoon