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The Stoned Crow Closing its Doors

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Sorry to interrupt the long string of Asia travel posts, but I just heard this and want to spread the word.

I've got bad news for longtime barflies and burger lovers: Greenwich Village bar, The Stoned Crow is closing at the end of the year. If you know the bar, you're already making plans to head over there now. If you don't, here's why you need to go.

For years, The Stoned Crow has been slinging one of the best burgers in town with little of the hype that has made nearly every other good burger in town an ordeal to get a hold of.

In part, the place stayed under the radar by sitting on a quiet block, away from the hustle and hassle of nearby Bleeker and MacDougal Streets. In fact, you've most likely passed it by on the way to Washington Square Park, neighboring Blue Hill or even the Radio Shack on the corner.

Go inside and you'll be rewarded with a laid-back atmosphere, a beer selection that includes some craft beers but doesn't obsess over it and a pretty amazing burger.


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The first thing you'll notice walking in is that the walls are papered with movie posters and lit up with holiday lights. The front room is dominated by the bar. Folks bend elbows, watch sports on the two muted televisions and play 80's and 90's rock and pop on the jukebox.

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The back room has regular seating, a pool table and is watched over by a dozen crow statues posted on the rafters. Back in the day, the proprietress, Betty took her own perch in a director's chair and ruled on all pool disputes.

The food options have ebbed and flowed over the years, most recently adding sliders and chicken wings to the menu, but the star of the show is the crow burger.

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The signature burger is topped with bacon, cheese (American or cheddar), a slice of tomato, onion and a chunk of iceberg lettuce that has been known to get in the way. It's a bar burger as it should be. Designed by a Corner Bistro alum, there's no custom meat blend, just good, well-seasoned beef that even when cooked more than you requested (which happens often enough) is still perfectly juicy. The bacon is firm and chewy and easily as much a star of the dish as the beef. What can get lost in the mix is the bun, which doesn't always stand up to all that juice and barely begins to cover the thick branches of bacon.

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The bacon is so good that it warrants its own solo act. The BLT might a well come wrapped in a fig leaf rather than the wee triangles of toast that come with it. It's bacon for bacon's sake and it is wonderful.

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On the side, fry lovers will appreciate the serving sizes for French fries. This mountain of crisp, medium cut fries constitutes a small. Seriously.

The Stoned Crow's closing is yet another tragedy of New York real estate. There are only a few days left to stop in, so do it soon. The farewell party is tonight, Friday, December 17th, but they will be going all out over the next two weeks culminating on New Year's Eve when they will be clearing out the entire stock just to make sure the landlord doesn't get it. I know where I'll be ringing in 2011.

The Stoned Crow, 85 Washington Place, NYC. 212.677.4022



Comments

Good eye, Clay. It was closed back in October one night when I tried to go there. A Saturday night even! It seemed totally shut down then and I was afraid it was already done for. Glad to know there's still time. Thanks for the post.

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