Burger Blitzkrieg

IT’S BURGER TIME!!! Remember this game?

Burger Time

The burger craze of NYC has revved up to fucking high gear by now. It’s a full-on onslaught offensive, the likes of which has not been seen since the German Blitzkrieg.

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You may want to prime your eyeballs with this amazing video too.

Then there’s this masterpiece… If this doesn’t get you into a burger mood then you are not human:

THE SOUP DUMPLING BURGER

On the other hand, if you are like many other burger aficionados, you may be a purist. Ground beef, cheese, buns. Avoid complications.

I may be a bit late to the burger party, but below is a collection of places I’ve dined at for burgers.

Keep in mind when reading these reviews that I tend to favor a potato bun, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo. I almost always go for jalapenos, especially if they are fresh (not pickled), and I will sometimes get bacon. Also, I hate burgers that stack up too high and become unruly to eat. Last, I cut my burgers in half. I hate when I get food on my face, and cutting the burger makes me feel like I am having a neater meal for some weird reason. For a little bit more on what needs to be done to craft the best burger, check out my post called “The Secrets to Crafting a Great Burger.”

Here are my top five restaurant burgers, in no particular order. Note that they are each a bit different in style from the classic American, which I tend to love most:

Here are my top five fast casual burgers, also in no particular order. These are all classic American style burgers:

Here’s another top five for you: steakhouse burgers.

Below is a full alphabetical listing of all the burgers I chowed down on throughout the area:

  1. 1 2 3 Burger Shot Beer
  2. 4 Charles Prime Rib
  3. 5 Boro Burger
  4. 5 Napkin Burger
  5. 21 Club
  6. 77 West (Bahamas)
  7. Ai Fiori
  8. The Ainsworth (Chelsea)
  9. Alfie’s
  10. All American
  11. The Anthony
  12. Antique Bar & Bakery
  13. Bar Boulud
  14. Bar Sardine
  15. Bareburger
  16. Beach Bunnies (Ft. Lauderdale)
  17. Beautique (CLOSED)
  18. The Bedford
  19. Bedford & Co.
  20. Ben & Jack’s (44th Street)
  21. Benjamin Steakhouse (White Plains)
  22. Big Daddy’s
  23. Big Nick’s
  24. Bill’s Bar & Burger
  25. Bistro Pierre Lapin
  26. The Black Derby
  27. Black Iron Burger
  28. Black Tap (SoHo) (Burger Crawl)
  29. Blue Ribbon Federal Grill
  30. Bluebird London NYC
  31. Bo Caphe
  32. Bonnie’s Grill
  33. Boucherie (Burger Crawl)
  34. Bowery Meat Company
  35. The Breslin
  36. BRGR
  37. Brickyard Gastropub
  38. The Brindle Room
  39. Bully’s Burgers (Hawaii)
  40. Burger & Barrel
  41. Burger & Lobster
  42. Burger Bistro
  43. Burger Fi
  44. Burger Heaven
  45. The Burger Joint
  46. Burger King’s Halloween Whopper
  47. Burgers & Cupcakes (CLOSED)
  48. Burger Shack (Bahamas)
  49. Burke & Wills
  50. BV’s Grill (CLOSED)
  51. Cafe O’Lei (Hawaii)
  52. Caliente Cab
  53. The Cannibal
  54. The Capital Grill
  55. Charlie Palmer Steak
  56. Charly’s
  57. Chat n Chew
  58. Cheeseburger in Paradise (Hawaii)
  59. Chimichurri Grill (East) (CLOSED)
  60. Church Street Tavern
  61. Circo
  62. Clarke’s Standard (CLOSED)
  63. The Clocktower
  64. Clover Grill (New Orleans)
  65. Concrete
  66. Corner Bistro
  67. Cow Pig Bun (Hawaii)
  68. Dag’s Patio Cafe
  69. DB Bistro Moderne
  70. Death Avenue
  71. Delmonico’s
  72. Del Frisco’s Grille
  73. Denny’s
  74. Donohue’s
  75. E’s Bar
  76. Ear Inn
  77. Ed’s Chowder House (CLOSED)
  78. Em
  79. Empire Diner
  80. Empire Steakhouse East
  81. Ethyl’s Alcohol & Food
  82. The Fat Monk (CLOSED)
  83. Five Guys Burger & Fries
  84. Flame
  85. Fufu+
  86. Gebhard’s Beer Culture
  87. Genuine Roadside
  88. Grazin’ Diner (Hudson, NY)
  89. Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails
  90. The Happiest Hour
  91. Hard Times Sundaes
  92. Harlem Shake
  93. Harold’s Meat + Three
  94. Harry’s
  95. Heartland Brewery
  96. Hooters (CLOSED)
  97. House of Brews
  98. Hudson Eatery
  99. International Wings Factory
  100. The Irish Pub
  101. Iron Bar
  102. Island Burger
  103. Jack’s Sliders & Sushi
  104. Jackson Hole
  105. Jasper’s Taphouse & Kitchen
  106. Jax BBQ
  107. Jeffrey’s Grocery
  108. Jeremy’s Ale House
  109. J.G. Melon
  110. Jimbo’s
  111. Joe’s Bar (CLOSED)
  112. Joe’s Sirloin Burger
  113. Johnny Rocket’s
  114. Jones Wood Foundry
  115. Jonny Panini
  116. Joy Burger Bar
  117. Judge Roy Bean Public House
  118. Kings of Kobe
  119. Kingside
  120. L & L Drive Inn (Hawaii)
  121. La Frite
  122. La Pecora Bianca
  123. The Lambs Club
  124. Landmarc
  125. Le Cirque
  126. Le Monde
  127. Le Rivage
  128. Little Frog
  129. Louie’s Backyard (Key West)
  130. Lucky’s Famous Burgers
  131. M. Wells
  132. Maialino
  133. The Malt House (West Village)
  134. The Malt House (FiDi)
  135. Manhatta
  136. Manhattan Proper
  137. Massoni
  138. Maysville
  139. McHales
  140. Mel’s Burger Bar
  141. Melt Shop
  142. Mikey’s
  143. Minetta Tavern
  144. Montmartre (CLOSING 3/16)
  145. Mother Burger
  146. Ms Yoo
  147. Mt Kisco Diner
  148. The National
  149. Nelly Spillane’s
  150. Nevada Smith’s
  151. New York Burger Co.
  152. Nicky’s on the Bay
  153. The Norm
  154. North River Lobster Company
  155. Nusr-Et
  156. NYY Steak (CLOSED)
  157. Old Town
  158. Osteria Morini
  159. Pao de Queijo
  160. Parlor Steakhouse (CLOSED)
  161. The Penrose
  162. Peter Luger Steakhouse (Brooklyn)
  163. Pete’s Tavern
  164. Pier A Harbor House
  165. Pig Beach
  166. Pig Bleecker
  167. P.J. Carney’s
  168. P.J. Clarke’s
  169. Pomodoro Rosso
  170. Porter House (Burger Crawl)
  171. Redeye Grill
  172. Resto (CLOSED)
  173. Ristorante Morini
  174. Rosie O’Grady’s Saloon
  175. Rothman’s (CLOSED)
  176. Route 66 Cafe
  177. Ruby’s
  178. Salvation Burger
  179. San Matteo Pizza
  180. Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
  181. Shake Shack
  182. The Shakespeare
  183. Smashburger
  184. The Smith
  185. Smokey Burger
  186. Spiegel
  187. The Spotted Pig
  188. Stagecoach Tavern
  189. Steak n’ Shake (CLOSED)
  190. Stecchino (CLOSED)
  191. Suprema Provisions
  192. Tanner Smith’s
  193. Taproom No.307
  194. Ted’s Montana Grill
  195. Teddy’s Bigger Burger (Hawaii)
  196. Thalia
  197. T.J. Finley’s
  198. T.J.’s Hero Shop
  199. Umami Burger
  200. Vaucluse
  201. The Villager
  202. The Vine
  203. Wahlburger’s (CLOSED)
  204. Warren 77
  205. The Whiskey (Orlando)
  206. White Castle
  207. Whitman’s (at City Kitchen)
  208. Wicked Willy’s
  209. Wm Farmer & Sons (Hudson, NY)
  210. Zeppelin Hall

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