Midtown lunch spot that won’t make you want to punch someone in the face

15 Feb

Finally got to LT Burger on 40th b/t Fifth and Sixth. This place is solid for what it is. I had  the $10 Veggie (nicely spicy with avocado, jack cheese and wheat grass) and my friend had the $12 Turkey (yogurt and fresh herbs), and we shared fried pickles (damn good). We each indulged in a milkshake, but I did not feel bad about myself because everyone was doing it!! I think it was the choice of flavors: Beyond the traditional vanilla/choc/strawberry/Oreo, choices included S’mores, American Puff (with Cocoa Puffs and Reese’s), Gone Bananas (bananas foster ice cream with dulce de leche), Rice Crispy (their spelling, with butterscotch) and more. And they were not gigantic, gut-busting, insulin-spiking, mega milkshakes (although they were $7), rather, the perfect amount for a treat. Back to the burgers: Generously portioned, they come with a large half-sour pickle spear (I prefer full-sour, but what can you do); fries are extra, but at least the hand-cut are perfectly thin and crispy. This place also serves things like salad and curried lentil soup—but I have ZERO to say about that.

LT Burger was full at lunchtime but you can make a res, and it’s one of the few places in the area where you can actually sit at a table and order from a server without spending two hours or $200 on fancy sushi. In fact, it might even be a good pre-theater spot, although the 5pm-7pm happy hour is supposed to be quite crowded—not a surprise given the location, $5 beer specials and cheap app menu, featuring slightly reduced prices on brisket nachos ($8), mini Kobe hot dogs ($9), smoked gouda curly fries ($5), etc. There is a large bar that probably fills up quickly, thanks to 14 beers on tap, including Duvel, Blue Point, Ommegang and Green Flash. Another 14 are available by the bottle, and 5 in cans.

If loving Laurent Tourondel is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Not a Harlem Shake.

Not a Harlem Shake.

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