UPDATE: the Big Nick's location I visited is now closed.
Yelp says a second location is still open.
Original review archived below:
Last month, a few friends and I went to see Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds perform at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan. We met early to grab a bite to eat before the show, and Adam suggested Big Nick’s Burger & Pizza Joint because he used to eat there often when he lived on the upper west side.
I ordered the “hot vegan Cajun burger” – despite our waiter’s not-so-funny attempt at a joke: “isn’t that an oxymoron? A hot vegan?” (lame, dude, really lame!).
Despite being labeled as “vegan”, I am not tagging it as such on my blog. Maybe Big Nick’s just doesn’t understand that the yogurt in tzatziki sauce isn’t vegan – but if I were a vegan, I wouldn’t feel confident in trusting that the rest of the burger was vegan even if you ate it without the sauce.
That said, the patty itself was actually okay. I was impressed that it was made in-house – I’d been expecting the standard awful frozen patty that most diner-type places have! It was a mix of vegetables and grains, held together fairly well, and was slightly spicy - but I think the “Cajun” description was a misnomer. I've had better tzatziki sauce before, but I'm spoiled by living in Astoria. The lettuce, tomato, and onion were okay, and the toasted whole wheat bun was boring but pretty standard as far as buns go. I thought it was rather overpriced, unfortunately. I don’t mind eating mediocre diner burgers out of necessity now and then, but I hate when I pay more for a disappointing burger than I would pay for one of my 5-star favorites! Then again, I guess I should have expected it to be overpriced since we were in the upper west side!
At least I wasn’t hungry during the concert – which was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. It was my first time at the Beacon Theater, and that place is simply gorgeous! Nick Cave was just as wild and energetic as he was the last time I saw him (if you haven’t seen him performing live, you really should!), and it was an awesome night.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Burger patty: 3 Bun: 2 Toppings: 2
Big Nick’s Burger & Pizza Joint
between 77th & 76th Street
New York, NY 10024
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