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

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