It’s almost a fantastic experience at Washing Square Tavern, the menu is familiar but as clever as it needs to be, everything priced just a bit less than it should be, except the burger, which at $14 seems a little high. But the vibe is perfect, not too loud, not too quiet, with attentive servers and an extensive beer list. It’s the type of place, despite my thinking I’m a big shot, probably doesn’t care there’s a burger blog out there and could care less if theirs is considered the best or not. And that’s what I love about it, nobody is boasting about the quality of the food, no awards hanging anywhere, it is what it is. And it’s a great burger, flawed for sure, but great. It’s half-pound patty made of Sirloin, and therein lies the small problem. It’s still cooked beautifully, it’s still juicy and seasoned well, but that darn sirloin, not my cut of choice because of it’s leanness, a better or more creative blend would have put this burger over the top. Instead it’s a very good burger, mostly because it’s cooked perfectly and because it’s seasoned. The bun, a barely toasted Kaiser is smartly or luckily toasted just enough. Any more and it would be too crumbly, any less and it would be too much bun, which it practically was anyway. But it’s one of those buns that doesn’t take away from the burger itself, certainly doesn’t add anything, but it’s not a distraction either, which is a plus in my book.
The fries, promised as crispy according to the menu, could be crispier. They are too pale in color, but are flavorful. Straight-forward fries and a straight-forward burger, not much fuss and that’s how I like it. Once again it feels about $2 -$3 too much, a $14 burger this is not, but I do like it and I can suggest it, certainly wouldn’t mind coming back myself, and that’s no easy feat.
Overall Score: 86