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

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