Ah, Morningside Heights, youve come a long way since the humble days of Toms Diner! Tomorrow the neighborhood gets its very own burger bar, care of Mels. Owners Nick Tsoulos and Nick Pashalis (Patsys Pizza, Goodburger) have borrowed a few pages from the Bills Bar and Burger playbook (LaFrieda burgers, grouper sandwiches, and spiked milkshakes!) and another page from Five Napkin Burger (that restaurants designer, Roy Nachum, contributed a six-foot sign). And theyre nodding to a more venerable burger joint, self-declared birthplace of the hamburger sandwich, Louis Lunch of Connecticut, with a burger on white toast. At least they decided against using White Castles slogan in their wall decorations, as you can see in the slideshow.
Six flat-screens aim to distract Columbia students from their studies, and to-go growlers ensure they have something to take back to the dorms. Check out our slideshow and peruse the food and beer menus below.
Mels Burger Bar, 2850 Broadway, nr. W. 111th St.; 212-865-7100