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A delicious discovery at Marc Forgione

If you’re in the mood to completely derail your summer diet, then look no further than Marc Forgione. In honor of my upcoming birthday, a good friend of mine treated me to dinner at this Tribeca New American. While I’ve been to this restaurant once before (click *here* to see my review from last year), it wasn’t until last night that I truly fell in love…With a non-listed menu item.

As I waited for Susan to arrive, I caught a glimpse of the “happy hour menu,” and zeroed in on one item: “100% Creekstone Ranch Prime Beef Burger, Soft Potato Bun, Aged Cheddar, Bacon, Caramelized Onion, Tater Tots, $15.”

After Susan placed her scallop entrée order, all eyes were on me. “I’d like the burger, please.” Our server advised that “the burger is only available on the happy-hour menu and isn’t served in the main dining room...Unless by special request. So, what can I get you?” I gave her the what-the-hell-do-you-think-I-want-look and said, “I don’t want anything else. I’d like to ‘special request’ the burger, please.” Looking slightly annoyed, she told me that she’d have to go check with the chef. As she walked towards the kitchen, I looked at Susan, rolled my eyes and began bitching, “I’m going through a phase right now where I think that everyone is being passive aggressive and plotting a conspiracy against me. Why is this broad acting like I’m requesting some kind of exotic food? It’s a damn burger, for God’s sake!” So you can imagine my surprise when our server returned and said, “Lucky for you, the chef is in a good mood today. He agreed to make you the burger.” Relief.

You know the slight embarrassment you feel when: While dining at a Mexican restaurant, your waiter presents you with the sizzling, smoking skillet of fajitas you ordered. Neighboring tables grow silent as they observe the waft of steam rising from your plate and you can’t help but wonder: Are they just jealous, or do they think I’m a fat, gluttonous lumberjack? This is pretty much how I felt at Marc Forgione last night. Fellow diners stopped and stared as I was presented with a black cast iron skillet (literally the same size as a 9-inch pie pan). Lining the bottom was a thin sheet of paper (presumably to soak up the grease) that anchored the burger, a side of homemade pickles, and a small bowl filled with tater tots. While I appreciated the effort, I found the pickles much too lip-pursingly, eye-squintingly sour. The tater tots also under whelmed, as they clearly did not spend a second in the deep fryer. The end product tasted more like dried out baked potatoes than the crispy, greasy tots I was longing for. And just when I was about to give up on my meal, I took a bite of my burger: Sandwiched between a *homemade* potato roll was a perfectly cooked ¾” patty of beef. Crispy and salty chopped bacon, a garden-fresh tomato slice, schmear of Russian dressing (or some variation of it), a slice of melted aged cheddar and caramelized onions sat atop the juicy meat. Besides the burger’s delicious flavor and velvety texture, what I especially loved was the fact that this sandwich wasn’t outrageously big. I was able to fit every component, from top bun to bottom bun, in my mouth without looking like a complete slob.

Go and try this burger, even if it means hitting the restaurant between 5-7pm and sitting at the bar. And trust me about the tots; instead, perhaps you can ask to for the delicious “old school home fries” that accompany the Flat Iron Steak.



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Reader Comments (1)

1) I've had some attitude from servers lately, too. I assume that these are people who had other jobs until the economy went bust and don't know how to behave themselves.

2) Have you thought about expanding your feed to complete posts? It's really nice to be able to read in my Google Reader without having to click over to your actual site.

August 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterplumpdumpling

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