One of the few job perks of being a location scout: the studio gives us $10 for lunch. Woo! The Scout Lunch is a look at some of my favorite restaurants in New York to spend that $10 at.
Those in the know call it the In’N'Out of Queens. That alone should merit a trip to Astoria to what I consider the best fast food-style burger in New York City: Petey’s!
I know what you’re thinking: Astoria? Come on. And New York already has a great fast food burger chain: Shake Shack!
Really? Sure, it tastes good going down, but have you ever taken a look at what you’re eating? For all its claims of organic this and healthy that, a Shake Shack burger is literally a sopping wet sponge of grease. Seriously, look at it next time you get one! I’m the least picky eater in the world, but I’ve finally decided that waiting 20 minutes (or longer) in line for what what will ultimately be a very queasy feeling in my stomach just ain’t worth it. Thank God there’s Petey’s to take its place.
Petey’s has everything about the fast food burger nailed: nice fluffy bun, two juicy patties, fresh lettuce and tomatoes, melted American cheese, and a special Thousand Island sauce with the perfect blend of sweet and tangy.
French fries are hand cut and freshly made, and for those who want to go for the full-on heart attack inducer, shakes are made with real ice cream. To top it off, your meal comes wrapped in the delightful Petey’s packaging!
It kills me that while Shake Shack and Five Guys tighten their stranglehold over New York City, Petey’s quietly does the fast food burger ten times better, all while hidden away in a little storefront in Queens.
So next time you’re in Astoria and are feeling a bit hungry, give Petey’s a try! And best of all, the #3 just clocks in for the $10 lunch.
Petey’s Burger – 30-17 30th Avenue – Astoria (NQ Train to 30th Ave)
PS – For you Connecticut readers, it’s Burgers Shakes Fries all the way!