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Paul's Da Burger Joint

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131 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10003-8331
+1 212-529-3033
Today
11:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We needed to eat quickly before going opposite to the Orpeum theatre. We chose Paul's burger at random and it turned to be more than what we could have expected. Great staff, very friendly and efficient...burgers made on the spot and Very tasty!

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Thank karhapat
Gravesend, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this restaurant by accident after going to the theatre. It said it did the best burgers in NYC so we had to try it. Yes they were right, it was the best burger we have had and the decor was great. It looks like an original 1950's diner. You must go and try it yourselves

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Thank maghart
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Very good burger, cooked to order. Fries were fine and the slightly divey atmosphere was very welcome on an overcast afternoon. I don't know what some other reviewer's problem is...Do they think they're reviewing a Williamsburg hipster burger bar? This is the gritty East Village, just off St Mark's Place. Good tunes on the box and the service was not... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Every time I have a chance to visit, I eat at Paul's at least once. Don't go looking for ambience or fancy table clothes as it is not going to be found here, but they have a large menu of excellent burgers and genuine sassy New York wait staff. Cheap eats in the East Village.

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Thank William T
Oshawa, Canada
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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

A hole in the wall burger joint, filled with lots of funny signs to entertain while munching on a home made burger. The guys flipping the meat are also flippant with their remarks. Not the cleanest place, including the plates and water cups (plastic! Really? Full of germs that never get sanitized even in hot dishwashers!) The bathroom is so... More 

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Thank Petsitter4U
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Paul's Da Burger joint might not look like the best/nicest place in town, but is sure does deliver on its burgers and once inside it feels like a real burger joint! My girlfriend and I shared a bacon cheeseburger deluxe for lunch (which means it comes with chunky chips) and the 1/2 pound burger does not dissappoint. What I like... More 

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Thank Jeroen M
Burbank, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I have been going to Paul's since it's opening over 20 years ago. Paul has crafted a family atmosphere over that time and it shows in the treatment he gives his customers. I like to call it firm NYC love. The burgers are perfect as the cook's know exactly what they are doing. You MUST bring an appetite if you... More 

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Thank zampmj
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Paul's has been on my list for a long time now. From the outside looking in, it looks divey. From the inside, it still looks divey. It's one of those situations where looks can be deceiving. You wouldn't think that this place would serve such great burgers. But then again, it's always the holes in the wall serving up the... More 

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Thank Melanie T
Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

We stumbled upon this burger joint while taking a stroll down on 2nd ave.... you can't miss it, it has 2 big plastic cheeseburgers right in the front! The people working here are nice and friendly. The diner feel transports you back in time. The meat is fresh, the ingredients are fresh and they all come together for one of... More 

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Powell, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

I got one with cheddar cheese and grilled onions. It was amazing. I suspect they grind the meat twice because when you bite into one, it literally falls apart in your mouth. This is a juicy, delicious burger in a true 1950's style. they even offer turkey versions of all their menu but I never tried any of those options.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:30
Monday
11:00 - 23:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:30
Thursday
11:00 - 23:30
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 131 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10003-8331
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-529-3033

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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