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

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