A blog by Jorge Garcia.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Best. Period.

Whenever I am in New York there is one place I must visit EVERY TIME.
And that one place is
2005. It was my first Upfronts.
Burky took me there to try the best burger I have ever had. Period.
And it still is.

Burky and I have gone there whenever we've found ourselves in New York together.
When we went to New York to promote the McFarlane toys in 2006, we took Greg Grunberg there and made him a believer.

I know people have their favorite burgers out there. And that's great. But if you ever want the best. Go here.

If you get the burger there, get it how they make it. Just a plain cheeseburger. Don't put ketchup on it. Just take a bite. Trust me it doesn't need anything. The burger and bun will melt in your mouth.

This last trip I introduced my buddy Rian to it.
I was so anxious I took a bite before I remembered that I had wanted to take a picture of it for the blog.
I was more patient the next time.


Bethany James Leigh Shady said...

"the next time"? or do you mean 10 minutes later when you ordered your second one?

love you :)

Ukulele Lady said...

PJ Clark's is absolutely the best burger! And that metal cup 'o fries they give you rocks! Love your blog! It's so cool how accessible to your fans you are. Thanks.

Rachel said...

looks good. i dont think we have that place over here in NZ though :(

Lianne said...

Wow, I am swearing off vegetables right now and planning a trip there for one of those.

p.s. In light of that freaky baby cake you last posted, you've got to check out this blog: http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/
There are some of the most hilarious wreck-tastic cakes I've ever seen on there.

Tammy said...

Im hungry now, thanks!

B.R said...

Burger me this, burger me that, how did J-Man guess my favorite place on the map?
That place is a must. I always go there when visiting NY, and they have some burgers that you just can't ignore! for dieters and diet haters, you MUST and you SHOULD and you WILL vist this place.

warmislandsun said...

Oh that looks so good....I really need a burger now.

Unknown said...

Where is this place?

mabochda said...

mmmmm looks delicious!

Autumn said...

omg that looks absolutely divine!!! I make some pretty wicked cheddar bacon burgers (chopped bacon, and bits of cheddar in the meat) and last time cooked perfectly. mmmm *droooool*

Kara said...

I totally read this title as "The Best Period" & thought you were talking about...you know, girly times. Hahaha- so glad it was about burgers. :)

Maggie & Ryan Patel said...

If you want to have a better burger and you're ever in Cincinnati - you'll have to try Terry's Turf Club. Yes. I know you will probably never be in Cincinnati.

Lynn Faruque said...

You got busted!! Beth jut busted you big time. lol

I did see your friend Rian's movie Brick. You were right, I liked it.

Lynn Faruque said...

Ok so I can't spell~~


Derek Brink said...

That's all well and good...but who the hell is Burky?

Unknown said...

Nah.. BUZZZZZZ! I am compelled to disagree. The BEST burger can be had at "Abe and Louie's" on Boylston, in Boston. They make a cheeseburger that is second to none.

Order it with the sweet potato fries

M.Santana said...


AlYaGotADo said...

Hey Jorge! I am loving your blog. So entertaining. Found it searching for Michael Emerson and apparently you have included him in a blog or two. You are WONDERFUL on LOST! Can't wait till season 6, LIKE 8 MONTHS FROM NOW! Hope you survive it!

jpike001 said...

you sound very pretentious sometimes...

Jules said...

I really need a burger now. Thanks.

freckles said...

Where exactly is this place in NY?

jd said...

I work at Rock Center -- somewhat nearby; if I ever go back to eating red meat (and In-n-Out almost tempted me...), I'll give PJ Clarke's a shot!

Anonymous said...

burger made me hungry. :)

just dropping by to say I love your banner thingy (u know the one with half ur face on top of your page lol) and I have taken a picture just like it! i'd love to send it u by mail or emai or however.

it's from one of the 7,000 islands of the phils....


Mum's the word? said...

Now that is an American burger!

We don't get those in New Zealand!

Unknown said...

I love PJ Clarke's! Get the onion strings next time.

ReNaTo UêGa said...

Uh... It seems delicious!!! When I get to New York, maybe one day, I'll visit this place! =)

Martín said...

That looks delicious. I hope you get the chance to visit Argentina and try our famous asado (argentine bbq). It is to die for.

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Kathi said...

Thanks for the recommendation! We're going to NYC for the first time in September and we'll definitely have to see if we agree with you.

Eugen Caitaz said...

On last picture hamburger is very huge !In this restaurant, They are all these? Perhaps, is not hamburger, it is actor from Spange-Bob - Ms.CRABSBURGER!!!

love you:)


Kathi said...

For anyone interested in checking it out, here are the directions posted on their website:

PJ Clarke's
915 3rd Ave, New York, NY, 10022

Jump into a Taxi and say, "take me to P.J. Clarke's." If the driver asks you for directions, jump into another cab.

Take the E, V or 6 Subways to 51st Street, cut over to Third Avenue and walk north 4 blocks.

Take the 4, 5 or 6 Trains to 59th Street, cut over to Third and walk 4 blocks south.

Take the 101, 102 or 103 Buses to 55th. If you're coming downtown on Lexington, cut across to Third. If you're coming up on Third, we're right across the street.

They also have a location in the World Financial Center/Financial District, and one at Lincoln Square.

Jorge- How do you tell them to cook it? R,MR, M or MW? I usually like mine cooked medium but it really depends on the restaurant. What would you advise? Thanks!

Eugen Caitaz said...

Thank you Kathi!
Now I only left to know what number of aircraft flying to NEw York!

Jan said...

Que buena pinta! Pero creo que la mejor hamburguesa que he comido en mi vida, ha sido en Los Ángeles, en el McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant de 633 W. Fifth St... alucinante! En España tenemos muy buena carne, pero esa hamburguesa sabía ESPECIAL. El resto de la comida, la atención y el lugar también fueron geniales ;P

Looks good! But the best hamburger I have ever tasted was in Los Angeles at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, 633 W. Fifth St... terrific! We have very good meat in Spain, but that burger tasted really SPECIAL. Their food, atention and place were also perfect ;P

Unknown said...

No fair. I'm stuck in England where they don't know how to make a decent burger (and trust me, I've tried them all) and you have to post that picture of a beautiful looking one! I'm so jealous!

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Alisha Rene' said...

Seriously? NO Address to this place? What Borough MAN?? I'm going back to NY again and would LOVE some tasty cow that needs no ketchup!

Unknown said...

When you are in South Florida - you should try Charmcityburgers.com - it is AMAZING!

afarrell said...

check this out. http://burgerrankings.com

ranked 21. maybe they need to try it again.

i do agree with their #2, donovans, in woodside queens is awesome.

Pierre Bastien said...

That's a tasty burger. I always find it sorta interesting how they serve the burger sitting on top of a thick slice of onion. It's like an onion-coaster for your burger. But it works because the onion-coaster prevents the burger juices from making the bottom bun all soggy. Also their green salad is great. Just lettuce and a few slices of radish with great dressing.

Pam said...

wow, that looks yummy!

Malea said...

Only you can make me crave a hamburger. I eat one maybe two to three times a year. The last time was the day after the premier of Lost this year when you had that monster burger in your hand. I had to go out and get one the next day.

Unknown said...
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Unknown said...

Thought you might like to hear about the Grilledcheeseburger (AKA the Fatty Melt).


A burger that uses 2 grilled cheese sandwiches instead of a bun. :-O

Please Type Legibly said...

But....but....a cheeseburger without KETCHUP??!? You're asking a lot, Jorge. To me, that is like french fries without ketchup or pancakes without syrup. But okay. Next time I'm in New York, I'll give it a try. Consider this to be the culinary equivalent of a trust fall. I kid, I kid....it does sound great.

Tania said...

Damn it Jorge! I just started on a new diet and you are making me so hungry.... ;-)
It's a good thing I'm in London, not NYC.

James Hernandez said...


Hmmm you made me hungry for hamburger! Pity I only have a McDonalds nearby. I guess soylent green will have to do. :-P

Unknown said...

I live just a few blocks from there but I've never gone in, having been a vegetarian for the last 20 years. Guess I could just get the fries.

Unknown said...

I don't even like beef, but I think I'd have to eat me one of those.

Ezawyn said...

Here it is the interview to your pal Matthew Fox in "El Hormiguero" (I´ve uploaded in High Definition) It wasn´t a good interview... But at least they didn´t ask him stupid things... Anyway, I hope you don´t consider this SPAM :)

Greetings from Spain, we love you, Jorge!


Christina Bauer said...

That looks sooooo delicious! Thanks for letting us know, Jorge!

redelf said...

wow that looks good.

Carmen Lawrence said...

Because I always take pictures of my cheeseburgers. hehehe, just teasing.

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Serguma said...

It's early in the morning here in SP and now I'm thinkig about a buguer, but I've just had my breakfast! Dude, I hate you....

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Anonymous said...

You want the next best burger? Next time you are in the area take a trip up to New Haven, CT, to Louis' Lunch (only open during the week). They grill them sideways, only cooked medium rare or well done, on white toast with onion and tomato. NO KETCHUP! And Ill be sure to check out PJ Clarks as well when Im in the city next week for a full comparison. :)

Miztification said...

That does look good. The fact that I'm ravenous right now, doesn't help me.

Capmaster said...

To all the vegetarians - see what you're missing?

There's a good reason the human mouth has canine and incisor teeth - for cheeseburgers like this one. Wow! That looks good!

bgprodarts said...

What about the burgers at "the counter"? You raved about on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 "Attn Hawaii: There's a New Burger in Town". Also I've lived in LA for 8 years what about In-n-Out and Fatburger. Thankfully NJ has a Fatburger. Oh, how I do miss my Double Double "Animal style". MMMmmmm!!

Paul Spooner said...

Do you rmemebr the “Welfare Burgers” bit from Eddie Murphy Raw...man that was funny!

Joss said...

Por Dios!!!!! La hamburguesa es enoooorme!!!!

Lynn Faruque said...

Hey Jorge, if you see this I know you care. Just passing it on.


Lynn Faruque said...

Following the news and other clips I have on Facebook.

I am afraid for them.



Michelle said...

OMG that looks SO good

Steven said...

Looks good. i'll have to find that place if I go to NYC again. Personally, I like the red robin Burgers, and the 1 pound burger from Fuddruckers. Delicious.

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Das Mutter said...

We have a PJ Clark's here, too, and it was definitely a favorite "after work" spot. I love their huge salads...they are just a burger with extra lettuce! :)

waianaevly said...

What about The Counter in Kahala?


JORGE! can you blog and tell us about your experience with avocados in Hawaii? Post some picture sof them as well! I heard they are much bigger than the ones we get here in america!

moon said...

Looks like a contest for the best spamburger is going on here.

Anonymous said...

So I went to PJ Clarkes like I promised, and those burgers were BANGIN!!! They seriously melted in my mouth!

Even though they were fantastic, they are still number 2 to Louis' Lunch in New Haven, CT. So I think you need to make a trip out here to know for sure. :)

HRM said...

Luckily we here in Brazil have the first P.J.Clarke's location outside the US. Gonna try the burger this weekend and see if they recreated the same taste.

Michael said...

There's a few P.J. Clarke's. The one I know does indeed have a great burger, but it's not the one in the photo. Where's that one?

Hernan^_^ said...

OMG I would kill for a hamburger like that! Unfortunately, my blood pressure is waaaay up in the sky and I can´t have that kind of food... :( I´m so sad...

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Spirit-of said...

You'll probably never read this, but I finally made it to P.J.'s in NYC last week and had one of their Garcia-approved burgers.

Gotta say, great burger, but I guess you need to have dinner at my house one of these days. P.J.'s burgers taste exactly like any burger I'd cook on my grill on any given summer day. All it takes is a grill, some good chuck, and a cheap meat grinder. Great suggestion if you find yourself there, but not leagues above homemade.

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