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

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