All About Burgers

Since the weather was so nice yesterday, Logan and I decided to go to Madison Square Park after work and have ice cream. We ended up in front of the Shake Shack, where we both got our frozen desserts, and since we both hadn’t really eaten anything for lunch, grabbed a quick bite as well. I got the Shake Shack’s newest menu addition, the smoke shack burger ($6.25, pictured), which has bacon and a cherry pepper relish. It was very, very good.

I’ve got burgers on my mind because of the Fourth of July holiday, and memories of backyard BBQs during the summer. I’ve made up for having no backyard by eating practically every burger worth eating in the city: the cheeseburger at Burger Joint in the Parker Meridien Hotel ($7.35), the cheeseburger at Corner Bistro ($7.25), the burger at Donovan’s Pub in Queens ($8.50), the JG Melon cheeseburger ($9.25) and the $26 Black Label burger at Minetta Tavern. Basically, if you’re coming to New York and want to eat a burger, you can consult this list, or ask me, because I’ve traveled all around this city like some sort of mad meat-seeking Hamburglar/gotta-eat-them-all burger Pokemon.

Also possibly related to your burger interests: This Inc. article on how Five Guys Burger and Fries found success (I also love their burger!).

Photo: Niki Achitoff-Gray/Serious Eats

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18 Comments / Post A Comment

probs (#296)

That link took me to their admin site, but anyway, I love Five Guys.

MuffyStJohn (#280)

I had Shake Shack for the first time a few weeks back (and popped my cherry with the Smoke Shack). Granted, I still need to try their fries and custard, but overall I was pretty underwhelmed for the amount of cult-like loyalty many have to their food. I’ll take Five Guys for my chain burger fix any day.

mishaps (#65)

@MuffyStJohn I haven’t had the Smoke Shack, and it doesn’t sound like my cup of tea, to be honest. But the regular Shackburger, which I always get with lettuce tomato pickle and onions added, is so good that I had one on Saturday and one on Sunday, and I might have another one tonight. And this is from someone who usually eats red meat, like, once a week, tops.

MuffyStJohn (#280)

@mishaps Yeah I’ve heard the regular Shackburger is the way to go. I’ll give it a whirl one of these days!

I’m getting most of my summer food craving fixes from DC3, who serve awesome hot dogs of the fancy and nonfancy nature. I’ve found that it’s actually harder to mess up a hot dog than it is to ruin a hamburger.

mishaps (#65)

@MuffyStJohn Huh! I am EXTREMELY picky and fairly orthodox about my hot dogs in a way I’m not about burgers. I tried Bark here in Brooklyn and was underwhelmed. (Though they make killer onion rings.) The annual pilgrimage to Nathan’s in Coney Island awaits me, though….

MuffyStJohn (#280)

@mishaps Ah, see, we are Summer Meat Sandwich Opposites. I have no particular affinity for a hot dog done a certain way, so I’m OK with it being a little different from what I’m used to. I am VERY VERY PICKY but my burgers though.

mishaps (#65)

@MuffyStJohn I knew someday, if I looked hard enough, I would find my Summer Meat Sandwich Opposite. Bless you.

muffalutta (#1,420)

Big Nick’s in the upper west side sometimes serves up interesting animals- I think Ostrich burgers are always on the menu.

wallrock (#1,003)

My father is a true master of the grill. His latest masterpiece: stuffed bleu cheese burgers with caramelized onions. He gets all of his meats from a local butcher (Hoesly’s) and uses Roth Käse Bleu Affinée – it’s way too good.

jfruh (#161)

I would love to hear if and how a $26 burger is three+ times better than an $8 burger!

thecoffeestain (#1,483)

@jfruh The Black Label burger: 4 different cuts of steak (dry aged rib eye, skirt, brisket, and one I can’t recall) are ground then blended together with clarified butter, salt & pepper then molded into a patty and served on a bun with caramelized onions.

What makes it so special: the quality of the ingredients (rib-eye ground into burger?! Yum!) & the fact that it’s cooked like you would a steak. I hear it is absolutely delicious and can’t wait to try one the next time I’m in NY.

Mike Dang (#2)

@jfruh Yes, what the person above me said—the quality of the meat is amazing. I’ve had it once, and enjoyed it immensely, but I’ve also enjoyed the $8 burgers immensely, so just go with what your wallet allows you to do!

readyornot (#816)

@jfruh @jfruh Speaking of expensive burgers, Mike have you ever had the db burger from db Bistro Moderne? ($32) The menu reads, “Sirloin Burger Filled with Braised Short Ribs, Foie Gras and Black Truffle, Served on a Parmesan Bun, Pommes Frites or Pommes Soufflées.” My husband had it the last time we were visiting his folks in New York. It is…rich. Very tasty, but almost too much, y’know?

We now live in Los Angeles, and I had never really thought of the place this way before, but it’s definitely a burger town. Someone should do a review like Mike’s of all the burgers here, from In-and-Out and the Apple Pan through Umami to Comme Ca and Spago.

lalaland (#437)

Five Guys has been popping up all over LA! Love that story, I’ll have to try something besides the usual In N Out…

Confession: although I would like to consider myself a person with an expansive palate, who enjoys food from all over the world, I would probably be happy to just eat a cheeseburger everyday. Cheeseburgers! They’re the best.

Megano! (#124)

I am going to draw you that burger eating Pokemon and send it to you Mike Dang.

Mike Dang (#2)

@Megano! Oh, I totally want that.

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