New York Minute, 491 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds. Phone: 9043 1838
Last time Consider The Sauce frequented New York Minute, Bennie devoured a beaut two-handed, multi-level burger with which he was well pleased.
We’ve eaten a whole helluva lot of burgers since then.
Bennie, in particular, has come to consider himself an expert, refining as he goes just what it is that pushes his burger buttons.
And the burger biz has changed a lot in that time, too.
There’s a handful of food trucks going around that specialise in burgers of various kinds, some of them doing excellent work.
And these days there’s hip outlets such as 8bit going very hard indeed for those burger dollars.
It’s a tough business – even if all that is good news for burger consumers.
So we are very interested to discover how New York Minute – which will soon be opening a branch in Williamstown – is going these days.
It’s going OK … although we conclude the place has lost something of its charm and edge.
During our Saturday lunch visit, business is brisk.
The place’s small space has been reconfigured – there’s no longer any interior tables, just window bench stools.
We grab one of the two outside tables.
Bennie’s New York – with “2 beef patties, special sauce, spinach, cheese, pickles & onions” (top picture, $12) – looks the goods but fails to elicit the much sought after groans of pleasure.
To use Bennie’s terminology, it’s “just a burger”.
My brisket burger – with “Prime cut beef & sweet pickles with special sauce” ($9) – is OK but also lacks the sort of oomph that would set it apart.
There’s just not enough here to get in any way excited.
Our large chips ($5) certainly look the part.
But what at first glance may appear to be a bronzed tan increasingly looks orange.
I detect an unwanted sweetness, but Bennie reckons that’s all about the charmless “aioli”.
But he also reckons there’s an excess of chicken salt going on here.
I’m not sure about that …
Going by the joint’s Facebook feed, New York Minute is a happy, happening thing.
But based on our latest meal, we reckon it’s entered the realms of merely good rather than excellent, as subjective as that may be.