Thursday, July 5, 2007

Two Workers for Every Customer at Brooklyn's Five Guys

Is it just us or does the new Five Guys hamburger joint on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights employ an extraordinary number of burger flippers?

The day we visited (Tuesday), there were at least twelve red-costumed employees working the counter, vs. a maximum of six customers at any one time.

While the burgers weren't exactly flying out the door, a lifelong carnivore gave this unsolicited testimony: "This is the best hamburger I've eaten in a long time."

Peanuts were freely distributed. Hats seem to be a necessary wardrobe component for both employees and customers.

Photo by MK Metz

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just tried the place out. First off, they must have about 9 people behind the counter. It seemed like they were all training because the girl on the grill was the only one working and instructing the rest of the crew. There was an Asian guy who stood staring at 4 burgers for 2 minutes and 43 seconds (I timed him) without touching them. I'm still trying to figure out how the other 8 employees could ignore the orders that were not going out. Mine was one of them and all it needed was BBQ sauce and to be wrapped up. OK, I understand they just opened so I will let this go. As far as the taste, the burger was OK (all burgers are cooked well), nothing to write home about. The fries were very good. I think that Henry Street Ale House has a better tasting burger (you can get it cooked the way you want it also), and their fries are almost as good but not as crispy as Five Guys. They should really consider delivering. I will try them again. They seem like a clean operation.