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

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