Even when I peeled back the pita, this one (deluxe; $8.75) was grayish, and on the dry side, through and through. Previously, a provolone burger (below; deluxe; $9) was a handful but still somehow unfulfilling. At Big Nick's Columbus Ave. location, a burger florentine (not shown; deluxe; $8.75) proved to be a big, flaccid patty on a sesame-seed bun, with spinach, feta, olives, and scallions; soggy, with grill marks I could see but not taste. The fries can be good, OK, or a waste of space.
Both locations are festooned with photos, handwritten notices, and the other hallmarks of roll-up-your-sleeves dining; the bottom photo shows exterior detail from Columbus Ave. That venue is less claustrophobic and the service, less gruff; the Broadway location is open 24 hours a day and not merely 22.
2175 Broadway (at 77th St.)
(also 70 West 71st St., at Columbus Ave.)