I rarely crave burgers, but when I do, I want them bad. Once it gets into my little head that “hey, I could eat a burger right now,” it’s all I can think about. I dream about the toasted buns; the juicy, freshly grilled patty; the gooey, melted cheese; and all the fresh fixin’s like lettuce, tomato, and onions. And of course, I’m gonna need some fries with that.
One day at work, I had one of these “hankering for a burger” moments. Since I normally bring my lunch to work, i.e. sandwiches and leftovers, I’m not used to a big midday meal. But that day, I was starving and only a cheeseburger would do the trick. Although Shake Shack is relatively close to my office, I never pass up a chance to try something new. A couple weeks before, I had heard people at work talking about getting burgers at a place nearby called Clarke’s Standard. So, I walked on over to see what it was all about.
The place is pretty big for New York standards with quite a few tables. It also has a cool retro vibe and seemed very clean. There was a short line, but not bad at all considering it was lunchtime. I ordered the Butcher’s combo, which comes with the Clarke’s standard cheeseburger, fries, and soda. I opted for the sweet potato fries, since it seemed to be a popular item there. Also, I TOTALLY would’ve gotten a milkshake, but I had a feeling this meal was going to make me feel heavy enough and I wasn’t about to pass out at my desk from a food coma in the middle of the work day.
The burgers and fries come in cute little boxes/cups, which made it easy for me to take my order to-go. Another great thing about Clarke’s Standard is the variety of sauces they offer, like spicy ketchup, root beer BBQ sauce, and green chiles. I’m a sauce fiend, so naturally I loaded up on those even though I wasn’t eating there. (Sorry about the poor angle of the photo. I can only do so much food photography at my desk.)
The burger was great, and dare I say, close to Shake Shack’s level? It’s relatively the same idea, but the two places each have their own special sauce and way they do fries. Shake Shack fries are skinny, while Clarke’s Standard has waffle fries. I HIGHLY recommend you get the sweet potato fries if you come here, because they were fantastic. Since then, I’ve found out that their milkshakes are somewhat legendary, so excuse me while I bang my head against the wall with regret for not getting one. Always get the milkshake, Cindy. Always. DUH.
New York, NY 10003