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. 20 Grams Cafe
  7. 21 Club
  8. 77 West (Bahamas)
  9. 82 Stanton
  10. Ada’s Place
  11. Ai Fiori
  12. The Ainsworth (Chelsea)
  13. Alfie’s
  14. All American
  15. American Cut
  16. The Anthony (CLOSED)
  17. Antique Bar & Bakery
  18. Ardyn
  19. Atto Prime
  20. Au Cheval Diner
  21. Balthazar
  22. Bar Boulud
  23. Bar Sardine
  24. Bareburger
  25. The Baroness
  26. Bastard Burger
  27. Beach Bunnies (Ft. Lauderdale)
  28. Beautique (CLOSED)
  29. The Bedford
  30. Bedford & Co.
  31. Beetlehouse
  32. Belcampo
  33. Ben & Jack’s (44th Street)
  34. Benjamin Steakhouse (White Plains)
  35. Best Burger NYC
  36. Big Daddy’s
  37. Big Nick’s
  38. Bill’s Bar & Burger
  39. Billy Goat Tavern
  40. Bistro Pierre Lapin (CLOSED)
  41. Black Crescent
  42. The Black Derby
  43. Black Emperor
  44. Black Iron Burger
  45. Black Tap (SoHo) (Burger Crawl)
  46. Blue Collar
  47. Blue Ribbon Federal Grill
  48. Bluebird London NYC
  49. Bo Caphe
  50. Boilermaker
  51. Bonnie’s Grill
  52. Boucherie (Burger Crawl)
  53. Bowery Meat Company
  54. Boylan Heights
  55. The Breslin
  56. BRGR
  57. Brickyard Gastropub
  58. The Brindle Room
  59. Bronson’s Burgers
  60. Bully’s Burgers (Hawaii)
  61. The Burgary
  62. Burger & Barrel
  63. Burger & Lobster
  64. Burger Bistro
  65. Burger Fi
  66. Burger Heaven
  67. The Burger Joint
  68. Burger King’s Halloween Whopper
  69. Burger Queens
  70. Burgers on B
  71. Burgers & Cupcakes (CLOSED)
  72. Burger Shack (Bahamas)
  73. Burke & Wills
  74. BV’s Grill (CLOSED)
  75. Cafe O’Lei (Hawaii)
  76. Caliente Cab
  77. The Cannibal (CLOSED)
  78. Cantiere Hambirreria
  79. The Capital Grill
  80. Carla
  81. Causwell’s (SF)
  82. Cecchi’s
  83. Centurion
  84. Charlie Palmer Steak
  85. Charly’s (CLOSED)
  86. Chat n Chew
  87. Cheeseburger in Paradise (Hawaii)
  88. Chimichurri Grill
  89. Chumley’s
  90. Church Street Tavern
  91. Circo
  92. Clarke’s Standard (CLOSED)
  93. Cliff’s Rendezvous
  94. The Clocktower
  95. Clover Grill (New Orleans)
  96. Cochon Butcher (New Orleans)
  97. Concrete
  98. The Consulate
  99. Corner Bistro
  100. Coterie  (New Orleans)
  101. Covina
  102. Cow Pig Bun (Hawaii)
  103. Crazy Burger
  104. Dag’s Patio Cafe
  105. DB Bistro Moderne
  106. Death Avenue
  107. Delmonico’s
  108. Del Frisco’s Grille
  109. Denny’s
  110. Dolly Varden
  111. Donohue’s
  112. Dudley’s
  113. E’s Bar
  114. Ear Inn
  115. Ed’s Chowder House (CLOSED)
  116. The Elgin
  117. Em
  118. Emilia by Nai
  119. Empire Burger House
  120. Empire Diner
  121. Empire Steakhouse East
  122. Ethyl’s Alcohol & Food
  123. The Fat Monk (CLOSED)
  124. Five Guys Burger & Fries
  125. Flame
  126. Flo’s Luncheonette
  127. Fuku+
  128. Gallagher’s
  129. Gebhard’s Beer Culture
  130. Gemma
  131. Genuine Roadside (CLOSED)
  132. Gotham Burger Social Club
  133. Grazin’ Diner (Hudson, NY)
  134. Great Jones Distilling
  135. The Grill
  136. Gupshup
  137. Hall’s Chophouse
  138. Hamburger America
  139. Hancock Street
  140. Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails
  141. Handcraft Burgers & Brew
  142. The Happiest Hour
  143. Hard Times Sundaes
  144. Harlem Shake
  145. Harold’s Meat + Three
  146. Harry’s
  147. Haswell Green’s
  148. Hawksmoor
  149. Heartland Brewery
  150. Holy Cow
  151. Holy Ground
  152. Hooters (CLOSED)
  153. House of Brews
  154. Houseman
  155. Hudson Eatery
  156. Hudson Yards Grill
  157. Hudson & Charles Dinette
  158. In n Out (SF)
  159. International Wings Factory
  160. Intersect by Lexus
  161. The Irish Pub
  162. Iron Bar
  163. Island Burger
  164. Jack & Charlie’s
  165. Jack’s Sliders & Sushi
  166. Jackson Hole
  167. Jasper’s Taphouse & Kitchen
  168. Jax BBQ
  169. Jeffrey’s Grocery
  170. Jeremy’s Ale House
  171. J.G. Melon
  172. Jimbo’s
  173. Joe’s Bar (CLOSED)
  174. Joe Jr.
  175. Joe’s Sirloin Burger
  176. Johnny Rocket’s
  177. Jones Wood Foundry
  178. Jonny Panini
  179. Joy Burger Bar
  180. Judge Roy Bean Public House
  181. King’s Cafe
  182. Kings of Kobe (CLOSED)
  183. Kingside
  184. L & L Drive Inn (Hawaii)
  185. La Frite
  186. La Pecora Bianca
  187. The Lambs Club
  188. Landmarc (CLOSED)
  189. Le Burger
  190. Le Cirque (CLOSED)
  191. Le Monde
  192. Le Rivage
  193. Legasea Bar & Grill
  194. Les Enfants de Boheme
  195. Liberty Prime Steakhouse
  196. The Lions Bar
  197. Little Frog
  198. Little Jack’s Tavern (Charleston)
  199. Little Rebel
  200. Louie’s Backyard (Key West)
  201. Lovely’s Old Fashioned
  202. Lucky’s Famous Burgers
  203. M. Wells
  204. Maialino
  205. The Malt House (West Village)
  206. The Malt House (FiDi)
  207. Manhatta
  208. Manhattan Proper
  209. Massoni
  210. Maysville
  211. McHales
  212. Mel’s Burger Bar
  213. Melt Shop
  214. Mighties
  215. Mikey’s
  216. Mila’s Fish & Hook
  217. Milk Burger
  218. Minetta Tavern
  219. Mischa
  220. Mister Paradise
  221. Montmartre (CLOSED)
  222. Mother Burger
  223. Ms Yoo
  224. Mt Kisco Diner
  225. The National
  226. Nelly Spillane’s
  227. Nevada Smith’s
  228. New York Burger Co.
  229. Nicky’s on the Bay
  230. The Norm
  231. North River Lobster Company
  232. Nusr-Et
  233. NYY Steak (CLOSED)
  234. Old Town
  235. Osteria Morini
  236. Pao de Queijo
  237. Parlor Steakhouse (CLOSED)
  238. Pastis
  239. Paul’s Da Burger Joint
  240. The Penrose
  241. Peter Luger Steakhouse (Brooklyn)
  242. Pete’s Tavern
  243. Petey’s Burger
  244. Pier A Harbor House
  245. Pig Beach
  246. Pig Bleecker (CLOSED)
  247. Pincecrest Diner (SF)
  248. Pineapple Club
  249. P.J. Carney’s
  250. P.J. Clarke’s
  251. The Playboy Club (CLOSED)
  252. Pomodoro Rosso
  253. Pomona
  254. Porter House (Burger Crawl)
  255. Queensyard
  256. Rainbow Room
  257. Raoul’s
  258. Red Hook Tavern
  259. Redeye Grill
  260. Resto (CLOSED)
  261. Ristorante Morini (CLOSED)
  262. Rosie O’Grady’s Saloon
  263. Rothman’s (CLOSED)
  264. Route 66 Cafe
  265. Ruby’s
  266. Saigon Social
  267. Salty Dog
  268. Salvation Burger
  269. San Matteo Pizza
  270. The Saratoga (SF)
  271. Schilling
  272. Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
  273. Shake Shack
  274. The Shakespeare
  275. Shari’s Cafe & Pies (CA)
  276. Smashburger
  277. Smashed
  278. The Smith
  279. Smokey Burger
  280. Spiegel
  281. The Spotted Pig (CLOSED)
  282. Stagecoach Tavern
  283. Steak Frites Bistro
  284. Steak n’ Shake (CLOSED)
  285. Stecchino (CLOSED)
  286. Suprema Provisions
  287. TAK Room
  288. Tanner Smith’s
  289. Taproom No.307
  290. Ted’s Montana Grill
  291. Teddy’s Bigger Burger (Hawaii)
  292. Thalia (CLOSED)
  293. T.J. Finley’s
  294. T.J.’s Hero Shop
  295. Tuscany Steakhouse
  296. Umami Burger
  297. Vaucluse
  298. The Villager
  299. The Vine
  300. Wagyu Social
  301. Wahlburger’s (CLOSED)
  302. Warren 77
  303. The Wayland
  304. West Side Steakhouse
  305. The Whiskey (Orlando)
  306. White Castle
  307. The White Spot
  308. Whitman’s (at City Kitchen)
  309. Wicked Willy’s
  310. Wm Farmer & Sons (Hudson, NY)
  311. YAKS on the 5 (CA)
  312. Zeppelin Hall
  313. & Son

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