Crucial Intel from Tommy Up of PYT Burger
Eater chatted with Philly burger master Tommy Up about the forthcoming NYC branch of his stunt sandwich shop PYT, here are the juicy details.
Why NYC, why now?
PYT NYC has an acronymic charm that has always called for the fulfillment of these six fun letters, but the recent push has come from the increasing influx of NYC visitors to our Philly joint, thanks to our exposure on the internet and all the foodie TV shows we've made burgers for. On a typical weekend nowadays, easily a third of our crowd is from NYC and they've been very vocal about us opening up shop in their town.
Do you have any specially burgers planned that you can tell us about?
The CBGB Burger. It pays respect to our Bowery location and our DIY work ethic: Cheddar, beef, garlic bread bun, and bacon.
How much of the Philly menu can we expect here in NYC?
We're bringing our monster sellers: Cheesesteak Pretzel Roll, The Pickelback, our PYT Burger, The Calibunga veggie burger and rotating in our hall of famers: Deep Fried Twinkie Burger, Lasagna Bun Burger and the trashy but tasty Elliot's Pizza Burger. The D'oh Nut Cheesteak Burger will also be making its NYC debut!
What are you favorite NYC burgers and who do you consider your biggest competition?
I don't often eat other people's burgers anymore. It really helps me to be absolutely starving for a burger when we work on a new one and I don't like being influenced by other's work. Our "competition" is probably Umami...I appreciate their commitment to a flavor profile. That said I've had Minetta's $28 burger and it was worth it. It's like $4 a bite but who's counting?
So when can we expect PYT to be open?
Late this summer! We've been invited as the official visiting guest for National Burger Week in London in late August...so either before we leave for that, or right after we get back.
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