Wednesday, November 4, 2015

It's called irony, people.
The Bowery used to be known as a haven for starving artists, but in recent
years the Manhattan avenue has gone upscale with sleek hotels, pricy condos,
and high-end boutiques. And now a new burger is paying homage to the past
with a price tag aimed squarely at the street's newest residents.  
PYT Burger, a recent addition on the Bowery, is selling a $64 Basquiat burger,
named for Jean Michel Basquiat, the one-time street artist who rose to fame
under his mentor, Andy Warhol. The burger is made with, as art magazine
Hyperallergic put it, "American Kobe beef and the ground-up soul of the
Lower East Side. " This isn't PYT Burger's first dalliance in the
world of exotic burgers. The six-year-old Philadelphia-based chain brought
the world such items as a Cocoa Krispies–encrusted chicken burger; the
"Doh! Nut" (a beef patty topped with American cheese and chocolate-covered
bacon served on a glazed donut bun); a pizza-and-wings burger (a fried, hot
sauce–spiked chicken burger sandwiched between two deep-fried slices of
frozen pizza); and the infamous deep-fried Twinkie burger. The PYT burger
folks insist that the Basquiat burger isn't just another stunt
burger—it's an ode to the artist who lived (and died) around the corner
from their meat supplier, Japan Premium Beef, on Great Jones Street. Because
of the local angle, the burger is only available at the Bowery location.
Philadelphia eaters can console themselves with a Pickleback burger (that's
a whiskey-glazed burger topped with bacon and fried pickle slices) and an
adult milkshake like the Peanut Butter Bacon Time, made with vanilla ice
cream, vanilla vodka, real bacon, peanut butter, and whipped cream.
Philadelphia-based PYT Burger is selling a $64 Basquiat burger named
for the one-time street artist at their Bowery location in Manhattan.

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