Sunday, April 15, 2012
Corner Bistro - The LIC Neighbor that Could
It was so wonderfully exciting to find out last summer that the legendary, West Village Corner Bistro was sharing the wealth of their bodacious burgers with Queens. LIC to be exact, and with its prime location on Vernon Blvd, I knew they wouldn't have a hard time getting noticed.
Last week was the first time that I tried it, and it sure didn't disappoint. Even though it's simple as can be, that's the beauty in it, as they've really perfected their craft, which is the all-American burger.
A good old stand-by pub is how I'd describe Corner Bistro. Even though it's still kind of new, it feels lived in and familiar. The staff is friendly and treats you like a regular. I loved that it's perfectly acceptable to come by, take a seat at the bar and just relax with a good book, or watch the latest sports program they have on. No judgments, just good good old fashioned hospitality that never goes out of style. Even though I haven't dined at the original location in the West Village, I did have the opportunity to peek in, and the location in LIC mirrors it pretty closely.
Having a clear, unflinching mission before I got here - to try their classic Bistro Burger - that's exactly what I got. As it arrived in front of me, in it's full bacon and cheese glory, the bartender gave me a little preamble, letting me know that I would definitely enjoy this. His confidence was deliberate but not without reason, as the burger clearly delivered what it promised. Simple, uncompromising goodness.
Bistro Burger - As you can see from the above, this classic burger came with all the works - melted cheese, curly bacon, pickles, tomatoes and lettuce. The burger patty itself was really tasty and cooked to a perfect medium. I loved that it was juicy and clean tasting, nothing too greasy or over-embellished with spices. The squishy potato bun was simple too but just the right thing to sandwich this baby with, as it hugged its contents dutifully and held up to everything inside. I was asked if I wanted a side of fries with that, and I have to say that I'm glad I declined, as the burger did a great job of satiating me.
Service and Cost:
As I already described, the service was refreshingly familiar and friendly. I loved that the bartender made conversation with me, and offered me a newspaper to read. After he saw I occupied myself with some reading, he made sure to stay attentive but also gave me time to myself.
Costs are pretty affordable, setting me back only $14 for a pint and a burger, including tax and tip.
Corner Bistro - 47-18 Vernon Blvd, LIC NY 11101
7 Train to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Avenue