Quick Bite


Along with the renovation of Newark’s Military Park, has come chef Chris Siversen’s Burg—a fun, creative burger joint.

Veggie burger with crispy onions, apple, lettuce and tomato.
Veggie burger with crispy onions, apple, lettuce and tomato.
Photo by Deborah Carter

55 Park Place

Open: Lunch, early dinner, Mon-Fri

Price: $

Style: Fanciful burgers in a glassy new ’50s-style diner with outdoor seating in renovated Military Park near NJPAC.

The Scoop: Chris Siversen, chef/owner of Maritime Parc, an NJM Top 25 restaurant in Jersey City, liked the idea of aiding downtown redevelopment and unleashing his inner teenager in creating a fun, affordable menu.

The Menu: The 5-ounce burger patties (a blend of short rib, chuck, brisket and dry-aged trimmings) come in many guises, from the Classic (cheese, lettuce, tomato and special sauce) to the Korean (kimchi relish, spicy mayo, cucumber-sesame slaw, fried egg) and the Chipotle (guacamole, green-chili relish, crunchy tortilla chips). Beyond beef, there are a tuna burger and a veggie burger (pictured), which has crispy onions, apple, lettuce and tomato. Though tasty, it was over-slathered with curry mayo. Thin, hand-cut fries are triple cooked for extra crispness. Pickles and broccoli are available tempura style. Or get your veggie fix from a salad: chopped kale Caesar or arugula with blue cheese and poached pears. Desserts include the coffee float with maple bourbon ice cream.

Heads Up: Burg has cocktails and many craft beers, including some from NJ (happy hour is 4 to 7 pm).—Deborah P. Carter

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