At Bing’s Burgers, cooks focus their grilling talents into crafting flavors not found at a typical drive-thru joint. While diners at the newly opened Fort Lee location can indulge in four types of slider and Bing's own beer-battered fish and chips, the menu centers around a lineup of burgers topped with combinations of unique ingredients. The Cali Burger sports a dollop of fresh, homemade guacamole and low-fat ranch dressing, and Bing's Signature Burger layers sauteed onions, gouda, and garlic aioli while also signing for incoming shipments.
Viand Restaurant pulls from only the classiest pages of American history to create a Zagat-rated, classic New York–style luncheonette open 24 hours a day. There, wafting around key-lime booths and stools, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingles with that of juicy burgers during lunchtime, bowing to the heady scent of broiled lamb chops and traditional Italian specialties for dinner. Like the ambassadors of Candy Land, servers cross over the checkered black-and-white floors with an entourage of sweets, from fried cheesecake to german chocolate cake to lemon meringue. For early risers, three-egg omelets and stacks of pancakes jump-start the day, pairing nicely with a freshly baked blueberry muffin.
Guy & Gallard doesn't mind where people choose to savor its menu of more than 70 breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, and pastas. Diners also get to design their own sandwiches out of diverse ingredients that range from albacore-tuna salad and grilled vegetables to tandoori chicken and prosciutto. To sate health-minded stomachs and hungry treadmills, the menu uses a green leaf to denote the meals that have less fat and fewer calories.
When Midtown Lunch’s Rachel Goldner stopped by Simon Sips, she was heartened not only by the foam art on her drink, but by staffers she described as “just the kind of people you want to interact with in the morning: calm, extremely nice, and helpful.” Perhaps this amiability stems from the fact that the shop’s baristas aren’t frazzled by overly complicated drink orders—Simon’s puritanical espresso menu includes only lattes, cappuccinos, and mochas. The New York Times' Oliver Strand called Simon Sips "worth seeking out" on its city guide app, The Scoop, and Midtown Lunch's readers even voted Simon Sips "Best Coffee 2012." The smell of drip coffee also fills the newly renovated space, where patrons can nibble on a daily rotating selection of muffins or especially fresh-smelling drink sleeves.