Smoke Break #922: A Beautiful Love Story About Working In The Restaurant Business

by Andrew Morrison | This is for all the restaurant industry folks coming off shift tonight. Dine Out Vancouver and Feast Van are both nearing their respective ends (Feb. 5th), and having worked the former for many years, I know you must be dog tired and dreaming of a trip far, far away in order to recharge your batteries and blow some of the cash that you’ve toiled so long and hard for. Might I suggest Midtown Manhattan? There, you can pay a visit to Prime Burger, where some of the staff have been on hand for 50 years, and where you just might find the inspiration to look forward to your first night back, whether it be at Hapa or Hawksworth. Of course, if you’d sooner go to Maui, knock yourself out. Maybe just enjoy the film above on the flight between well-earned beers.

For many of the guys that work here, the restaurant is like a second home – some of them have been slinging burgers, making shakes, and waiting on customers at this location for decades. Opened in 1938, the place hasn’t been altered since the early ’60s, and it looks all the better for it.

Via The Kraftfuttermischwerk.


There are 4 comments

  1. Been to Prime Burger every single time I’ve visited New York, a quiet institution.

    Rich culture, amazing characters great food and hella-cheap! Right around the corner from 30 Rock. Love it!

  2. Pure poetry.

    This is the difference between NYC and here, that hopefully we’ll develop in the coming decades.

    There is a cherished air that simplicity brings, and it’s about the people. There was no one mention of ‘craft’ or ‘heirloom’, no need to say their burger was made better, or more authentic, than any other.

    At the beginning, i was thinking, ‘I would love to own a joint like this’, and by the end, it turned to ‘I would be honored to work with people like this.’

    Humbling. Thank you Andrew.

  3. Can’t believe I haven’t been to Prime. It will go on my list of places for next NY visit. My kind of food and people! Should I go all Vancouver and ask for a whole wheat bun, or even better – ciabbata with my burger? LOL

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