Q and A with Helah Kehati of MARK
In a city that’s crazy about burgers, there seems to be an endless appetite for new burger joints. We spoke with Helah Kehati, operating manager of one of the newest —MARK on St. Marks Place.
Your menu is pretty limited — just regular or bacon sliders, fries, shakes and pies. Why did you choose to keep it so simple?
There are a couple of reason behind it, the space we were working with is a small space, doesn’t promote a large menu. We have one grill and three friers, that’s about it.
What are your thoughts about the neighborhood?
We wanted to bring some variety. There’s a lot of ramen-noodle place and sushi places. Also, it’s near NYU, so price is right.
What was the vision behind the place?
New Yorkers in general are kind of obsessed with finding great burgers. We’re hoping our quality is just as good as these more expensive places. But we’re a bit more down and dirty. We’re hoping to appeal to a crowd that can appreciate that it’s good food.
Our chef, Erik Rubin, came from working with Bobby Flay. He’s a total meat guy. We wanted to be a really great snack place for before or after bars. We want to extend the hours until 4.
What goes into the sliders?
The sliders are made from a custom beef blend that’s ground in-house.
The bacon slider has chunks of cured and smoked pork belly ground into the meat.
Both the beef and bacon sliders come with American chese and fried onions.
We also serve our own homemade sauces — a jalapeno hot sauce and chipotle ketchup, and barbeque sauces.
33 St. Marks Pl., between Second and Third Aves (212-677-3132)