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

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