By Laura Werling
One nice thing about living in New York City is that there’s always a good place around the corner to get a decent burger, fries, and a good beer. In this case, the good place around the corner is Corner Bistro, which is famous for the hearty, beefy burgers and cheap beer.
The cozy tavern is downtown on West 4th Street and Jane; you can’t miss it, as you can tell by its name, it’s right on the corner. This tiny little bistro is always packed, and for a good reason. There’s been a wait every time I’ve gone there, but luckily the line for a table is right next to the bar, so cheap beer is readily available for the very long line of people waiting. The old, carved mahogany bar and worn-in look of the place makes it the ultimate setting for gathering your friends for a classic good time, especially on those nights where a nightclub is not the venue of choice.
No bells and whistles needed – this place has vintage charm and is crawling with life at the same time. Once you actually do get a table, you and previously mentioned friends cram into a tiny, dimly lit space around a tiny table, which, of course, creates an intimate and friendly restaurant environment (as opposed to an overly crowded, slightly claustrophobic, dark, and hot restaurant environment. I guess it depends on what kind of mood you’re in.) The Bistro Burger is what draws the crowds to this joint. An 8-ounce slab of ground beef, cooked medium rare, piled high with melted cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion is what we all look forward to. (The place isn’t exactly vegetarian friendly.) It’s really good, and I’m not the only one that thinks so.
Apparently, word on the street is you can’t call yourself a true New Yorker if you haven’t tried a burger, fries, and a beer at Corner Bistro. Us New Yorkers, we eat this kind of thing up. Literally. We’re suckers for small spaces filled with lots of people and really good burgers and beer.
I don’t know about you, but I am always relieved when my friends and I decide to do a low-key night, instead of getting all dressed up and going to whatever the current “hot spot” is. I am so much more comfortable and relaxed when I’m not inches taller than most of the men there from wearing heels, or when I’m not worried about having some embarrassing wardrobe malfunction. I really love to be casual and effortless in my clothes, because then you can focus on what’s really important; enjoying yourself. So, for a night at Corner Bistro, nothing says casual and effortless like denim. Denim of all shapes and sizes is perfect for a laid-back night with friends. My favorites right now are pieces from Madewell, http://www.madewell.com, who seem to really know their denim. Whether it’s a chambray or denim shirt or jean shorts with your favorite tee, denim is always a no fuss and easy style pick. And I couldn’t resist the denim one-pieces. Easy to throw on so you can try to get a good spot in line at Corner Bistro this Friday night!