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

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