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

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