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

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