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

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