Sitting beneath a pool noodle laced with LED lights (one of the many day-glo tchotchkes lining the walls and ceilings), restaurateur Tommy Up considers the name of his Philadelphia burger joint -- which has developed a cult following across the city (and nation) due to its heretical take on traditional burgers. As it turns out, Up's response is as fluid and mercurial as his culinary offerings.'
"It started as a Michael Jackson thing -- you know, like 'Pretty Young Thing,' " but we kind of come up with a different answer every time someone asks that question. Sometimes it's 'Please, Yes and Thanks,' sometimes it's 'Pick Your Toppings,' sometimes it's something completely different."
Despite the ever-changing nature of the boilerplate, one thing remains constant at PYT: the untraditional "stunt-burgers" it serves are seriously delicious. And after a long and notable stint in Philly, they're finally bringing the goods to NYC.