I wasn’t sure if I was going to write about the burgers at Mikey’s, which I tried over the long MLK weekend. Then I visited one of NYC’s latest sad excuses for “Mexican” food on Monday (which I won’t mention by name) and thought, I should do what I can to support the new places that I do like. The thing is, my visit to Mikey’s got off to a weird start. First, the place was almost empty, but every customer there looked like an Urban Outfitters model. Seriously, hot people eat here, and that’s not usually a good sign in New York City. Second, the counter guy looked at me like I had three heads when I ordered the B.L.T. burger. They’ve only got a few choices on the menu — it wasn’t a strange request. And finally, when I ordered the black sesame shake I’d read about, the manager came over and said, “I wouldn’t recommend it…” Umm, but that’s what I wanted.
Something told me to stick around, despite all the weirdness. Phew, I’m glad I did. The B.L.T. burger is described as “Chinese bacon, lettuce, tomato, and kewpie mayo,” with no mention of the yummy smothered-onion action you see in the photo. Luckily the manager told me about the house-made ketchup in unmarked bottles on the counter, next to the Sriracha of course. If you’re expecting the burgers here to be wildly flavored, you’re out of luck. But if you’re looking for a really tasty, messy, and wickedly satisfying burger for $5.50 that just happens to have some Chinese bacon and kewpie mayo on it, then you’ve come to the right place.
About the shake, the manager talked me into the Vietnamese coffee flavor. Oh yeah, that hit the spot. This place is open till 4am on the weekends, which should really come in handy next time I’ve had a little too much to drink in a L.E.S. bar, by the way.