Food & Drink
FOOD: Clarke’s Standard – Nostalgia in a Bun
by Jenna Wilson
Burger chains have been popping up continuously in the past few years in New York, with competition getting fierce in this burger metropolis. Recently, the fourth outpost of Clarke’s Standard, the spin-off of the famous P.J. Clarke’s, opened their new restaurant in Union Square. Taking over the old Good Burger spot, Clarke’s Standard hopes to prove that they are the home of a good burger.
Walking into the restaurant gives an immediate feeling of old time Americana. Bright red signs and antique photos highlight the walls, which are accented by wood tables around the room made with contemporary industrial piping. From the decor to the menu, Clarke’s is the place where modern day and soda pop nostalgia meet.
Just like in the good old days, Clarke’s Standard is serving straight up tasty food, with some twists in the menu. Although the focus is on the freshly ground burgers, which are served on St. Joseph’s rolls instead of the usual potato roll, the menu incorporates a variety of options to appeal to all types of eaters. They not only have burgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches, but also includes surprises like the kale market salad and a bahn mi hot dog that caters to the current New York food scene. The sides complement the standard offerings, and include parmesan tater tots, waffle sweet potato fries and chili cheese fries. Everything a person, back then and right now, could want.
With delicious food that takes in the tradition of old-time America while adding some current specialties, stop in to Clarke’s Standard and check out their menu. Simpler times are something that we all might need, especially if it’s by way of a good American burger.