Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night Cheeseburger! Starring the Pom Pom Diner, a special guest appearance by Paul and featuring the Ready For Prime Beef Player, Marty Wombacher. And now, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our host, the Pom Pom Diner!
Here we are in the madness of Times Square on a Saturday night. Amazing how an eight block walk to Hell's Kitchen can change the environment.
And eight blocks later here we are on the relatively calm corner of 45th and 11th Avenue in front of the Pom Pom Diner. Let's go check it out.
What a classic diner and we've got the whole joint to ourselves on a Saturday night, unbelievable!
Let's grab a menu and get a seat in the back booth.
Biff flew back to Ohio, but Paul stayed an extra night and here he is perusing the gigantic menu.
And here's our friendly waiter, Jimmy, pouring me a beer. Let's take a little tour of the place.
The back wall is decorated with a giant print of the Manhaatan skyline.
There's a take out counter on the other side of the diner.
Some of the pastries and rolls are housed in glass containers on the counter and look delicious.
Here's the specials of the evening.
An original piece of art done specifically for the diner by artist, Will RAFUSE hangs on the wall.
And here's another painting by RAFUSE. Very cool.
They don't have a full bar in here, but there is wine and a decent little selection of bottled beer.
After I said hi to the cooks in the back, I realized that dinner should be served by now, so I went back and joined Paul at the booth.
And I was right. Here's Paul's burger, he got the Greek burger with Feta cheese.
And I got something different, they had a crab burger on the menu which I've never had or heard of. I got grilled onions with it and it's topped off with a spicy chipotle sauce.
The bun was toasted and bakery fresh and it was really a unique and delicious burger.
Okay, a quick obligatory bathroom shot...
And we're out the door. Goodnight and see you all tomorrow.
While Googling around looking for a joint to get a cheeseburger on Saturday, I found the Pom Pom diner, a diner that’s been alive and kicking since 1969 in Hell’s Kitchen. I love old-school diners and had to check this place out on Saturday Night Cheeseburger, and so that’s exactly what I did. I was also thrilled to see a type of burger on the extensive menu that I had never tried before, a Crab Burger. The burger was a nice change of pace, juicy crab meat with grilled onions and topped with a spicy chipotle sauce. Very tasty and a fun way to change things up on Saturday Night Cheeseburger. Paul got the Greek Burger with Feta cheese and gave it high ratings as well.
Sadly, the Pom Pom is part of a dying breed, the family owned diner. It opened up in 1969 and happily it’s still thriving (Jimmy our waiter said it’s only been open ten years, but everything I’ve read about the place said it’s been open since 1969, and I’m hoping that’s the truth, so that’s what I’m going to believe). The Pom Pom is a low key, no frills, New York diner, with a friendly staff and a relaxing vibe. The menu is massive and in addition to the Crab Burger there are eight other styles of burgers on the menu including: a Greek Burger with feta cheese; the Italian Burger with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce and a classic eight ounce Cheeseburger on a toasted bun with your choice of American, Swiss, Cheddar, Provolone or Mozzarella cheese. Some of the Chef’s Specialties offered on the menu are: Tommy's Famous Meatloaf; Shrimp Teriyaki; Fish and Chips and Hot Open Sandwiches with your choice of turkey or roast beef with mashed potato, gravy and vegetables. There’s also pasta, deli sandwiches and a full breakfast menu available 24 hours a day (except on Sundays, when it’s closed. How old-school is that?)
Three Wimpys, a delicious and unique burger.
Pom Pom Diner
610 Eleventh Ave. (Near 45th St.)
Further Reading: Trip Advisor, Menu Pages and facecrack.