Munch, Midi, and Maxi at Joy Burger Bar

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"Maxi" on the left and "Munch" on the right.


Replacing a Baluchi's at the corner of Washington Place and Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village, Joy Burger Bar is yet another homegrown, upper-end, fast-food burger chain. It is a second branch of a place at Lex and 100th Street on the Upper East Side.


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It probably comes as a surprise to no one that the Maxi cooks up pinker than the Munch or Midi, almost in contravention of their medium minimum cooking requirement.


Replacing a Baluchi's at the corner of Washington Place and Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village, Joy Burger Bar is yet another homegrown, upper-end, fast-food burger chain. It is a second branch of a place at Lex and 100th Street on the Upper East Side.

As with other mini-chains, the menu is gimmick-driven. Beef burgers are available in three sizes: Munch (three ounces), Midi (five ounces), and Maxi (eight ounces), two of which sound like female sanitary protection. This range of burger choices gives you comical dosing options. Solving the hamburger conundrum like a brain teaser, you can get almost any amount of burger by mixing the three sizes. Want a six-ounce patty? Gang up two three-ouncers. Eleven ounces can be achieved with two threes and one five. Get the idea? Flexi-burger.

Naturally, there are turkey burgers and veggie burgers, but these only come in five-ounce sizes. Several cheeses at varying prices can be slapped on the bun, running from American to fresh mozzarella. Heck! Order both on a single pattty for an illogical upstairs/downstairs burger treat.


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The fries ($2.25) are quite good ...


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