Size does matter

dscn3236The average American consumes half a pound of meat per day. At Paul’s “Da Burger Joint” in the East Village (131 2nd Avenue, Manhattan–map) you can fill that quota all in one sitting, for under $5.

Over 19 years, Paul’s gargantuan 8 oz. burger hasn’t let fame go to its head: it still costs only $4.90. Unlike many diners, Paul’s actually cooks the burger the way you order it, so you won’t end up looking for a rare and getting a rock. You can get fries for an extra $3 if you dare, but if you haven’t been stretching that stomach, chances are the burger alone will do you in.

dscn3243The monster arrives looking nice and neat, but as soon as you wrap your mouth around it and take a bite its delicious juices will be unleashed and rapidly dribbling down your chin. So don’t plan on sampling it before a hot date or a big interview. Save it for later, and be prepared to tip your dry cleaner.

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