At night, especially on weekends, the action is in the stylish lounge in the back
The seasoning of the burger was perfect - a little salt and pepper topped with a special sauce.
The first time I went to this place, it was very late at night on a weekend and swarming with a very young inebriated crowd of stumbling drunks. But I still managed to enjoy the food and my time there. But this time around, we definitely wanted to avoid this sort of boozing infestation so we went around 6:30 pm on a weeknight. As expected, it was pretty empty and the crowd was completely different - the suits and ties sitting alone looking tired as they try to find comfort of the day's bump and grind in the sliders. We enjoyed our meal, in an uncrowded atmosphere, with hip hop as our companion, with people walking by staring at us stuff our faces.
POP Burger has a second location at 14 East 58th Street, a gigantic more lounge/bar version of its Meatpacking sister with three levels – the first floor is takeout/self-service sit-down, and the second and third floors are bar and lounge. Apparently, it only took six months to build this place.
Hopefully our next burger trip will be at Shake Shack. Yes, yes, we're doing the touristy stuff, but we're not here for long so why not.