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. Handcraft Burgers & Brew
  120. The Happiest Hour
  121. Hard Times Sundaes
  122. Harlem Shake
  123. Harold’s Meat + Three
  124. Harry’s
  125. Hawksmoor
  126. Heartland Brewery
  127. Holy Ground
  128. Hooters (CLOSED)
  129. House of Brews
  130. Houseman
  131. Hudson Eatery
  132. Hudson Yards Grill
  133. Hudson & Charles Dinette
  134. In n Out (SF)
  135. International Wings Factory
  136. Intersect by Lexus
  137. The Irish Pub
  138. Iron Bar
  139. Island Burger
  140. Jack’s Sliders & Sushi
  141. Jackson Hole
  142. Jasper’s Taphouse & Kitchen
  143. Jax BBQ
  144. Jeffrey’s Grocery
  145. Jeremy’s Ale House
  146. J.G. Melon
  147. Jimbo’s
  148. Joe’s Bar (CLOSED)
  149. Joe Jr.
  150. Joe’s Sirloin Burger
  151. Johnny Rocket’s
  152. Jones Wood Foundry
  153. Jonny Panini
  154. Joy Burger Bar
  155. Judge Roy Bean Public House
  156. Kings of Kobe (CLOSED)
  157. Kingside
  158. L & L Drive Inn (Hawaii)
  159. La Frite
  160. La Pecora Bianca
  161. The Lambs Club
  162. Landmarc (CLOSED)
  163. Le Cirque (CLOSED)
  164. Le Monde
  165. Le Rivage
  166. Les Enfants de Boheme
  167. Liberty Prime Steakhouse
  168. Little Frog
  169. Little Rebel
  170. Louie’s Backyard (Key West)
  171. Lucky’s Famous Burgers
  172. M. Wells
  173. Maialino
  174. The Malt House (West Village)
  175. The Malt House (FiDi)
  176. Manhatta
  177. Manhattan Proper
  178. Massoni
  179. Maysville
  180. McHales
  181. Mel’s Burger Bar
  182. Melt Shop
  183. Mighties
  184. Mikey’s
  185. Mila’s Fish & Hook
  186. Minetta Tavern
  187. Mister Paradise
  188. Montmartre (CLOSED)
  189. Mother Burger
  190. Ms Yoo
  191. Mt Kisco Diner
  192. The National
  193. Nelly Spillane’s
  194. Nevada Smith’s
  195. New York Burger Co.
  196. Nicky’s on the Bay
  197. The Norm
  198. North River Lobster Company
  199. Nusr-Et
  200. NYY Steak (CLOSED)
  201. Old Town
  202. Osteria Morini
  203. Pao de Queijo
  204. Parlor Steakhouse (CLOSED)
  205. Pastis
  206. The Penrose
  207. Peter Luger Steakhouse (Brooklyn)
  208. Pete’s Tavern
  209. Pier A Harbor House
  210. Pig Beach
  211. Pig Bleecker (CLOSED)
  212. Pincecrest Diner (SF)
  213. Pineapple Club
  214. P.J. Carney’s
  215. P.J. Clarke’s
  216. The Playboy Club (CLOSED)
  217. Pomodoro Rosso
  218. Pomona
  219. Porter House (Burger Crawl)
  220. Queensyard
  221. Rainbow Room
  222. Raoul’s
  223. Red Hook Tavern
  224. Redeye Grill
  225. Resto (CLOSED)
  226. Ristorante Morini (CLOSED)
  227. Rosie O’Grady’s Saloon
  228. Rothman’s (CLOSED)
  229. Route 66 Cafe
  230. Ruby’s
  231. Saigon Social
  232. Salvation Burger
  233. San Matteo Pizza
  234. The Saratoga (SF)
  235. Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
  236. Shake Shack
  237. The Shakespeare
  238. Shari’s Cafe & Pies (CA)
  239. Smashburger
  240. Smashed
  241. The Smith
  242. Smokey Burger
  243. Spiegel
  244. The Spotted Pig (CLOSED)
  245. Stagecoach Tavern
  246. Steak n’ Shake (CLOSED)
  247. Stecchino (CLOSED)
  248. Suprema Provisions
  249. TAK Room
  250. Tanner Smith’s
  251. Taproom No.307
  252. Ted’s Montana Grill
  253. Teddy’s Bigger Burger (Hawaii)
  254. Thalia (CLOSED)
  255. T.J. Finley’s
  256. T.J.’s Hero Shop
  257. Tuscany Steakhouse
  258. Umami Burger
  259. Vaucluse
  260. The Villager
  261. The Vine
  262. Wagyu Social
  263. Wahlburger’s (CLOSED)
  264. Warren 77
  265. West Side Steakhouse
  266. The Whiskey (Orlando)
  267. White Castle
  268. The White Spot
  269. Whitman’s (at City Kitchen)
  270. Wicked Willy’s
  271. Wm Farmer & Sons (Hudson, NY)
  272. YAKS on the 5 (CA)
  273. Zeppelin Hall

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