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March 07, 2006



This is an inspired entry.
great idea. Thanks for the memories.


Okay, haddock -- how about that book?

I may never have a Phebe burger but I have some damned fine writing about a pause in time, a distilled portrait of the alphabet avenues and an exuberant, if very hungry, youth.

Thank you so much.


Sweet post indeed.

mary g

Lovely post--it made me nostalgic, even though I'm about 15 years older than you.

Chubby Hubby

God, I spent way too many a drunken night in Phoebe's in the early 1990s. It's one of NYC's classic dive bars. Never knew they had burgers though -- for me, the best dive bar burger was at Corner Bistro.


I had a few Phebe's burgers back in the day - late 70's, early 80's. Don't remember them being served on Englsh, or being any good. My favorite at that time was the burger at Prince Street Bar, which inexplicably also had satay on the menu. There was a time in the late 80's when you could have a burger at Phebes downtown, then hustle uptown for another at Phoebe's on Columbus, a ferny place named after a Labrador retriever. Speaking of Prince Street Bar, it brings back a memory... rolling out the door of that place at 4:00AM, mind numbed by liquor and NY cold, walking down the street arm in arm singing Beatles songs at the top of our lungs, and the girls talking drivers guys loading muffins and danish from a nearby bakery into their trucks to give us a dozen overly sweet, warm-from-the-oven corn muffins to eat as we toddled home.


Don't know that I would call Phebe's a dive bar. But then again I hung out in some real dives.

I also don't believe I was capable of discerning a really good meal at the time so Phebe's burgers might not hold a candle to Prince Street, or Fanelli's (another burger fave). Hunger, as they say, is the best sauce.


That was an awesome post. Food memories are incredible things, aren't they?

Robert R.

Bravo! This was one of the best stories that I have read in a long time.

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