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. 7th Street Burger
  6. 21 Club
  7. 77 West (Bahamas)
  8. 82 Stanton
  9. Ada’s Place
  10. Ai Fiori
  11. The Ainsworth (Chelsea)
  12. Alfie’s
  13. All American
  14. American Cut
  15. The Anthony (CLOSED)
  16. Antique Bar & Bakery
  17. Ardyn
  18. Atto Prime
  19. Au Cheval Diner
  20. Balthazar
  21. Bar Boulud
  22. Bar Sardine
  23. Bareburger
  24. Beach Bunnies (Ft. Lauderdale)
  25. Beautique (CLOSED)
  26. The Bedford
  27. Bedford & Co.
  28. Beetlehouse
  29. Belcampo
  30. Ben & Jack’s (44th Street)
  31. Benjamin Steakhouse (White Plains)
  32. Big Daddy’s
  33. Big Nick’s
  34. Bill’s Bar & Burger
  35. Bistro Pierre Lapin (CLOSED)
  36. The Black Derby
  37. Black Emperor
  38. Black Iron Burger
  39. Black Tap (SoHo) (Burger Crawl)
  40. Blue Ribbon Federal Grill
  41. Bluebird London NYC
  42. Bo Caphe
  43. Boilermaker
  44. Bonnie’s Grill
  45. Boucherie (Burger Crawl)
  46. Bowery Meat Company
  47. Boylan Heights
  48. The Breslin
  49. BRGR
  50. Brickyard Gastropub
  51. The Brindle Room
  52. Bronson’s Burgers
  53. Bully’s Burgers (Hawaii)
  54. Burger & Barrel
  55. Burger & Lobster
  56. Burger Bistro
  57. Burger Fi
  58. Burger Heaven
  59. The Burger Joint
  60. Burger King’s Halloween Whopper
  61. Burgers & Cupcakes (CLOSED)
  62. Burger Shack (Bahamas)
  63. Burke & Wills
  64. BV’s Grill (CLOSED)
  65. Cafe O’Lei (Hawaii)
  66. Caliente Cab
  67. The Cannibal (CLOSED)
  68. The Capital Grill
  69. Causwell’s (SF)
  70. Charlie Palmer Steak
  71. Charly’s (CLOSED)
  72. Chat n Chew
  73. Cheeseburger in Paradise (Hawaii)
  74. Chimichurri Grill
  75. Chumley’s
  76. Church Street Tavern
  77. Circo
  78. Clarke’s Standard (CLOSED)
  79. Cliff’s Rendezvous
  80. The Clocktower
  81. Clover Grill (New Orleans)
  82. Cochon Butcher (New Orleans)
  83. Concrete
  84. The Consulate
  85. Corner Bistro
  86. Coterie  (New Orleans)
  87. Covina
  88. Cow Pig Bun (Hawaii)
  89. Dag’s Patio Cafe
  90. DB Bistro Moderne
  91. Death Avenue
  92. Delmonico’s
  93. Del Frisco’s Grille
  94. Denny’s
  95. Dolly Varden
  96. Donohue’s
  97. Dudley’s
  98. E’s Bar
  99. Ear Inn
  100. Ed’s Chowder House (CLOSED)
  101. Em
  102. Empire Burger House
  103. Empire Diner
  104. Empire Steakhouse East
  105. Ethyl’s Alcohol & Food
  106. The Fat Monk (CLOSED)
  107. Five Guys Burger & Fries
  108. Flame
  109. Flo’s Luncheonette
  110. Fuku+
  111. Gallagher’s
  112. Gebhard’s Beer Culture
  113. Genuine Roadside (CLOSED)
  114. Gotham Burger Social Club
  115. Grazin’ Diner (Hudson, NY)
  116. The Grill
  117. Gupshup
  118. Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails
  119. The Happiest Hour
  120. Hard Times Sundaes
  121. Harlem Shake
  122. Harold’s Meat + Three
  123. Harry’s
  124. Heartland Brewery
  125. Holy Ground
  126. Hooters (CLOSED)
  127. House of Brews
  128. Houseman
  129. Hudson Eatery
  130. Hudson Yards Grill
  131. Hudson & Charles Dinette
  132. In n Out (SF)
  133. International Wings Factory
  134. Intersect by Lexus
  135. The Irish Pub
  136. Iron Bar
  137. Island Burger
  138. Jack’s Sliders & Sushi
  139. Jackson Hole
  140. Jasper’s Taphouse & Kitchen
  141. Jax BBQ
  142. Jeffrey’s Grocery
  143. Jeremy’s Ale House
  144. J.G. Melon
  145. Jimbo’s
  146. Joe’s Bar (CLOSED)
  147. Joe Jr.
  148. Joe’s Sirloin Burger
  149. Johnny Rocket’s
  150. Jones Wood Foundry
  151. Jonny Panini
  152. Joy Burger Bar
  153. Judge Roy Bean Public House
  154. Kings of Kobe (CLOSED)
  155. Kingside
  156. L & L Drive Inn (Hawaii)
  157. La Frite
  158. La Pecora Bianca
  159. The Lambs Club
  160. Landmarc (CLOSED)
  161. Le Cirque (CLOSED)
  162. Le Monde
  163. Le Rivage
  164. Liberty Prime Steakhouse
  165. Little Frog
  166. Little Rebel
  167. Louie’s Backyard (Key West)
  168. Lucky’s Famous Burgers
  169. M. Wells
  170. Maialino
  171. The Malt House (West Village)
  172. The Malt House (FiDi)
  173. Manhatta
  174. Manhattan Proper
  175. Massoni
  176. Maysville
  177. McHales
  178. Mel’s Burger Bar
  179. Melt Shop
  180. Mighties
  181. Mikey’s
  182. Mila’s Fish & Hook
  183. Minetta Tavern
  184. Mister Paradise
  185. Montmartre (CLOSED)
  186. Mother Burger
  187. Ms Yoo
  188. Mt Kisco Diner
  189. The National
  190. Nelly Spillane’s
  191. Nevada Smith’s
  192. New York Burger Co.
  193. Nicky’s on the Bay
  194. The Norm
  195. North River Lobster Company
  196. Nusr-Et
  197. NYY Steak (CLOSED)
  198. Old Town
  199. Osteria Morini
  200. Pao de Queijo
  201. Parlor Steakhouse (CLOSED)
  202. Pastis
  203. The Penrose
  204. Peter Luger Steakhouse (Brooklyn)
  205. Pete’s Tavern
  206. Pier A Harbor House
  207. Pig Beach
  208. Pig Bleecker (CLOSED)
  209. Pincecrest Diner (SF)
  210. Pineapple Club
  211. P.J. Carney’s
  212. P.J. Clarke’s
  213. The Playboy Club (CLOSED)
  214. Pomodoro Rosso
  215. Pomona
  216. Porter House (Burger Crawl)
  217. Queensyard
  218. Rainbow Room
  219. Raoul’s
  220. Red Hook Tavern
  221. Redeye Grill
  222. Resto (CLOSED)
  223. Ristorante Morini (CLOSED)
  224. Rosie O’Grady’s Saloon
  225. Rothman’s (CLOSED)
  226. Route 66 Cafe
  227. Ruby’s
  228. Saigon Social
  229. Salvation Burger
  230. San Matteo Pizza
  231. The Saratoga (SF)
  232. Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
  233. Shake Shack
  234. The Shakespeare
  235. Shari’s Cafe & Pies (CA)
  236. Smashburger
  237. Smashed
  238. The Smith
  239. Smokey Burger
  240. Spiegel
  241. The Spotted Pig (CLOSED)
  242. Stagecoach Tavern
  243. Steak n’ Shake (CLOSED)
  244. Stecchino (CLOSED)
  245. Suprema Provisions
  246. TAK Room
  247. Tanner Smith’s
  248. Taproom No.307
  249. Ted’s Montana Grill
  250. Teddy’s Bigger Burger (Hawaii)
  251. Thalia (CLOSED)
  252. T.J. Finley’s
  253. T.J.’s Hero Shop
  254. Tuscany Steakhouse
  255. Umami Burger
  256. Vaucluse
  257. The Villager
  258. The Vine
  259. Wagyu Social
  260. Wahlburger’s (CLOSED)
  261. Warren 77
  262. West Side Steakhouse
  263. The Whiskey (Orlando)
  264. White Castle
  265. The White Spot
  266. Whitman’s (at City Kitchen)
  267. Wicked Willy’s
  268. Wm Farmer & Sons (Hudson, NY)
  269. YAKS on the 5 (CA)
  270. Zeppelin Hall

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