The Tallgrass Burger at Tallgrass Burger in the East Village

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The Tallgrass Burger incorporates avocado, fried onion rings, and yellow cheddar cheese to make a real gutbomb.

It was a sign of the times: Long-running Filipino eatery Elvie's Touro-Touro on First Avenue in the East Village closed recently, to be replaced almost immediately by an upmarket hamburger joint intended to push all the right foodie buttons.

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You can get a very nice view of the street from inside Tallgrass Burger.

Sadly, Elvie's was the last vestige of a Philippine micro-neighborhood that formed around the corner of West 14th Street and First Avenue in the 1970s, when vast numbers of Southeast Asian hospital workers -- including nurses, doctors, physical therapists, etc. -- were imported to work at nearby Beth Israel Hospital. This community once boasted three convenience stores and four restaurants.

The replacement is Tallgrass Burger, a name intended to suggest a special origin of the beef used in the 1/3 pound patties, though no sign or certificate says exactly where the beef comes from. Indeed, all over the newly renovated premises -- which feature big picture windows, and comfortable tables and counter seating -- are slogans suggesting the ground beef is local, grass-fed, and organic. And who are we to wonder about documentation?

Location Info

Tallgrass Burgers

214 First Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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