Although it has since re-opened, when word spread a few months ago that a fire had closed Great Jones for the foreseeable future, we were concerned. It wouldn't be right for the lights to go out without an Infatuation review.
Having lived on Mulberry and Houston for a couple of years, Great Jones served as a perfect neighborhood hang for me, reliable for a quick burger or brunch in a pinch. While the food isn't saving lives or changing the world, it's satisfying enough and reasonably affordable. In a NoHo area flooded with sexy "it" restaurants, an Old New York style hole in the wall is nice to have in your back pocket.
A heaping plate of food, this looks more like something that would come out of grandma's kitchen than a Noho restaurant. Not that Bobby Flay is going to show up for a Throwdown or anything, but we're not complaining - we've got leftovers for lunch tomorrow.Pulled Pork Sandwich
Shredded pig getting all kinds of sloppy in their BBQ sauce. You'll want to remove the top portion of the bun (again, too much bread) and use a fork and knife. While i usually like my pulled pork sandwiches topped with cole slaw, this slaw didn't add much to the mix.Sweet Potato Fries
These are some of my favorite sweet potato fries around. Thin, crispy and crunchy as opposed to the typical thick and mushy variety.House Salad
Standard cafe-style starter salad. Every veggie is neatly placed in its own little corner and it's dressed with a quality Italian dressing.
Ten years ago, Great Jones Cafe might have been in the best NYC burger conversation. Times have changed, stakes have been raised and unfortunately, this guy can't compete anymore. While it's still generally enjoyable, we've had a couple of duds here in recent memory. Too much bun, dry bacon, and a tendency to slightly overcook have plagued Great Jones burger lately.
It takes balls to do a New Orleans style gumbo in New York. While the $18 price tag may be intimidating, it's worth it. Loaded with chicken, sausage, and an assortment of seafood, this is an acceptable representation of how the south gets down.
I know some people like to come here specifically for the wings, but to me they're too small and don't have any flavor aside from the sauce. If you're a wing person though, it can't hurt to try them once.