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

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