The West Village restaurant at 361 Sixth Avenue that formerly housed a Baluchi’s now bears the branded plywood of Joy Burger Bar, an East Harlem burger shop that’s anchored on a single gimmick: sauces. “At our place, you get the privilege of enjoying your choice of 12 different sauces on your burger,” the restaurant notes on its UrbanSpoon profile. Exercise that privilege on a Munch (three ounces), Midi (five ounces), or Maxi (eight ounces) burger, with a side of house-cut fries or sweet-potato rounds drizzled with maple syrup. Joy Burger Bar reps wouldn’t reveal an opening date, but did tell us the plywood’s only just gone up. While you wait, preview the uptown menu.
The new Joy Burger, as seen from a moving vehicle. Photo: Helen Rosner