Among the errands my husband and I had to run last weekend was to pick up some pomade for him. Having always used this particular Sharps product and has since been discontinued, we went uptown to the Sharps Barber Shop located in Le Parker Meridien to find a replacement of equal quality. What we found was a cute old fashioned barber shop that was recently reopened in 2011 with a few upgraded new age tweaks tucked away in a corner of Le Parker Meridien’s lobby. So not what I would have expected to find in Le Parker Meridien.
To keep with my surprising pleasantries, my husband insisted that I go take a look inside the Burger Joint, also in the Meridien, on the opposite side of the lobby. A line was beginning to form outside of the Joint snaking into the lobby. I squeezed my way into the restaurant and again surprised by what I saw. Burger Joint is a tiny room with enough seats for about about 20 people, a kitchen that looks like a food cart with posters and writing on the wall like a local bar that has been around for decades. I apologize for the blurry pictures. Apparently word got out that the burgers are great and Burger Joint has become a must try for locals and tourists alike, I had to hurry in, take my pictures and hurry out. Like BLT Burger, Burger Joint’s menu is limited to hamburgers, milkshakes and beer – all of the basics in life.
Le Parker Meridien New York’s tagline is “Uptown. Not uptight” and although the lobby is gorgeous and chic, and I hear the rooms were recently renovated, I for sure didn’t get that vibe being there.