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511 E. Fifth St. (Ave. A) Send to Phone
A charming old-school joint off Avenue A.

Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sun.
  • Dress code: Casual

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Seymour Burton Restaurant Review

: Seymour Burton is the kind of neighborhood restaurant fast disappearing from the East Village, with its smattering of chic design elements attached to a minimally renovated space, a reasonable price point and ramshackle charm. The focus of the room is a centered communal wood table mirrored by a single piece of wood on the ceiling. Vinyl chairs at tables on either side make up the remainder of the seating. There are no menus. Instead, the daily fare is posted on a large blackboard, which is visually arresting but can cause a literal pain in the neck for a diner facing the wrong way. Chef Adam Cohn’s food doesn’t hew to any one aesthetic, picking and choosing comfort fare from across the globe as a unifying theme. As a “neighborhood” spot, though, the burger is of utmost importance. Comprising a quality Pat LaFrieda patty on an English muffin with cheddar, it’s a solid, if not exemplary, effort. More intriguing are the latkes with smoked salmon and the chicken liver crostini, along with dishes like lamb shank with saffron rice or pork shoulder with polenta. It’s grandma grub, but because the focus is on making people happy rather than wowing them with concept or technique, it’s a success.
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