posted 2011-10-05 13:05:42

Americas Burgers and Wraps - A true culinary escape

Lizette Borreli

Americas Burgers and Wraps, on 68th street and third avenue, looks like a deli turned into a trendy café spot. On the bright orange-red walls hang photographs of New York City done by various artists in attempts at capturing the essence of the city in day and night. The restaurant is lit by several oval shaped lights hanging from the ceiling distinguishing it from any other deli within the area.

The mouth-watering 8 oz. sirloin burgers are made from 100% USDA Choice Pure American Beef, ground fresh daily and hand shaped with no fillers added. These burgers are flame grilled to perfection. A beef burger costs $5.25 whereas their specialty burgers are $5.75 and up.  Deluxe order is $7.35 and up and includes a generous side of French fries. Potato aficionados should know that the reviewer found their fries to be thick-cut and bland.  It is better to opt for Americas’ stuffed baked potatoe selection like the broccoli and cheddar that is popular among the regulars.

Americas’ wraps are known to be large in size and filling. All of the ingredients are prepared as soon as they’re ordered, tasting fresh straight from the grill. Unlike the wraps, it can be argued that the Paninis are over-priced for the portions given. The “Ham Vera Cruz” which contains ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and honey mustard is among the customer favorites. All the Paninis go for $6.95.

The Greek specialties cannot be overlooked. A lamb or chicken gyro on pita with lettuce, tomato, onion and Tzatziki sauce starts at $5.75. A gyro deluxe is served on a platter and comes with a side of French fries and Greek salad for $8.95. The chicken gyro is grilled to perfection and thinly-sliced. In this platter, the gyro lays on top of the bed of French fries and salad that seems endless. Prepared similarly to gyros, falafels are served on pita with lettuce, tomato, onion and Tzatziki sauce starting at $4.95.

A green thumb of approval is given to Americas’ salad bar. The salad options are numerous with three types of lettuce and selections including spinach, baby field greens or romaine. A small salad is $3.55 and a large is $4.55. The dressings range from classic Italian dressing to Japanese dressing. The toppings cost from $.55 to $1.85 depending on the selection. An extra side of dressing costs 25 cents. Customers can also choose to have a house, Caesar or Greek salad with chicken or falafel for an additional cost.

This restaurant‘s diner-like menu also caters to the early bird. Breakfast items start at the low price 99 cents and is served up until 11:00 AM with a range of eggs and omelet’s, breakfast wraps that are served with coffee, oatmeal, yogurt, baked goods and even pancakes and French toast directly from the griddle.

The beverage selection is standard and nothing to rave about. Aside from the common brands of Poland Spring Water, Snapple and Coca Cola, there are homemade drinks like freshly squeezed juices and smoothies. The smoothies are roughly $5.00 and can either be a hit or a miss depending on which employee prepares them.

Most of Americas’ food selection is easily made to go because of the limited space in the restaurant. The narrow space makes it uncomfortable for people to sit back to back often causing the sound of squeaky chairs brushing up against the tile floor to accommodate seating. The restaurant does have an outdoor seating area that is shared with East Side Brick Oven Pizza next door.

Overall, Americas Burgers and Wraps is worth a quick bite whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Its number one attraction is that it won’t put a dent in your wallet.

Out of Five:

Food: 3 (Pretty good!)

Convenience: 4 (Quite convenient!)

Cost: 3 (Reasonable!)