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Marlowe Ladies Continue Winning Burger Streak At S&R Lounge

Carolyn Alburger | June 21, 2013 | Story Clubs and Bars

Last night I visited Soma’s new Hotel Zetta (55 Fifth Street). The newest “urban retreat” from the Viceroy Hotel Group, the entire project required a 12 million dollar transformation of the defunct Milano Hotel. In the lobby area is S&R Lounge. Short for salvage & rescue, its funky decorations include a three-tier chandelier made from repurposed reading glasses, a horse statue made out of cassette tapes, and a back-lit wall-covering of Alcatraz prisoner headshots. Much like the Ace properties across the U.S., the hotel’s hangout area is aimed toward locals. Last night’s big buyouts from Square and NoisePop attest that they’re already fitting the bill.

I was there to try the food and cocktails. Anna Weinberg and chef Jennifer Puccio, the owners of Park Tavern and Marlowe are overseeing all kitchen operations for the hotel, including room service, S&R Lounge, and the adjacent Cavalier restaurant, slated to open in early August. Viceroy was smart to reach out to Weinberg and Puccio in order to complete their tactic of attracting locals.

Now you can flip through the gallery above for a detailed look at specific bites and cocktails from S & R Lounge. The standout was—are you surprised?—the burger. Weinberg and Puccio are already verified burger experts thanks to their widely acclaimed creations at Park Tavern and Marlowe. To come up with the proportions and toppings for the hotel’s burger, the ladies thought about what kind of burger they would want if they were really, really drunk. The result was this beautiful vision, cooked to a perfect, juicy medium-rare, oozing with dijonaise and cheddar cheese, and placed on a soft Panorama bun with thick slabs of organic bacon. It tasted pretty amazing after just one beer as well.

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