You bet I was excited to try the new late-night burger at New York City's Pulino's yesterday. Time magazine’s Josh Ozersky began Tweeting it up weeks ago and NBC’s Feast revealed a few details (six-ounce patties; just 30 burgers a night, starting at midnight). I’d already gotten a tour of the sacred butchering room from Pulino's chef Nate Appleman (an F&W Best New Chef 2009). I’d heard Appleman would start serving the burgers Wednesday night. So there I was at 11:59 p.m., fresh from Colicchio & Sons (where Jamie Oliver was having dinner! And talking to C&S owner Tom Colicchio about the amazing Hungry in America documentary that Colicchio is executive-producing). Here’s the sad news: There were no burgers at Pulino's, at least not for me. The restaurant was, apparently, just trying out the late-night menu on staff for its friends-and-family test run. So when are those burgers going to be available to the public? Keith McNally told me to come back Friday night at midnight.
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