Stones Corner is fast becoming a haven for tasty eats, with the Logan Road precinct dotted with an ever increasing number of bar and grills, cafes and pubs. With the arrival of 5 Boroughs, inspired by casual dining of the Big Apple, there's a new place to nosh on Logan Road. If the early crowds descending on the venue like hungry urban vultures are anything to go by, it's set to be an extremely popular god blessed American eating affair for peckish south-side diners.
Chalkboards on exposed brickwork, garage oil drums to sit on and wall prints depicting some of NYC's most famous landmarks help make up a funky but fuss free venue that's casual, colourful and cheerful.
Prints of iconic NYC landmarks, exposed bricks reminiscent of the meatpacking district and colourful splashes of yellow reminiscent of the cabs, make up the interior.
Dubbed as 'More than another burger joint,' when it comes to the hamburgers served up in the NY inspired venue, less is more. If you've ever been Cali, you might have tried In-and-Out burger and like me, may have even joined their cult like following.
The burgers at 5 boroughs are the closest thing I've had to the ones at In-n-Out and while not exactly the same, like In-N-Out, there's something very classic about a burger with just grilled cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion and pickles. There's a reason these ingredients are burger staples - they work.
It's a winning combination that apart from pineapple rings and bacon rashers, doesn't deviate much, across the burger selection on the menu at 5 Boroughs.
No frills burgers with the classic ingredients make for some of the best
But there is so much more on the menu than just ground rounds. From Rueben sandwiches, sliders, ribs, steamed bao buns, onion rings, chilli fries, and that lip smacking Cuban sandwich, there's no shortage of tempting carbohydrate and calorie laden street food to make Pete 'Paleo' Evans shudder in righteous indignation.
Let's be honest, there's a time and a place for a lardy lunch and if you're going to do it you may as do it properly as we did with an all out feast. On the very affordably priced menu we ordered the cheeseburger, onion rings, Vietnamese pulled pork bao buns and the pressed Rueben sandwich with sauerkraut, when accompanied by delicious Stone & Wood Pacific Ale we pretty much had a lavish out of body lardy lunch experience
Get ready for a delicious spread to make healthy eaters wince.
All up, the spread was exceptional value at just $56.00. It's easy to spend almost at much at Grill'd with none of the beer, and none of the sides. The bourbon ribs are something I'm going to have to return for. Open until 9.45pm on Fridays and Saturday, 5 boroughs would also make the perfect pre-cursor to a great night out. For those who want to go alcohol free, they have a great range of American sodas, and even more exciting are the bottomless jugs of southern sweet iced tea for $6. Sweet, bladder filling goodness. Thank you 5 boroughs. With you bottomless iced tea and bourbon ribs, you've given me yet more reasons to return.
There's no doubt about it, 5 Boroughs is an exciting new venue that many people would envy to have as their local. For those merely a 'stones throw' away from Stones Corner, savouring the tastes of the Big Apple (no healthy apples included) is something I'd recommend doing ASAP.
5 Boroughs is at 9/401-405 Logan Rd Stones Corner.