*** Please excuse horrible iPhone pictures. I get light headed if I don’t eat the burger right away and I rush the picture taking process. I do think of you audience, but not at that moment *****
First of all, let me just be the first blogger to say this… most likely these are NOT the best burgers in Hell’s Kitchen. There are way too many places providing quality burgers in the area, and contrary to popular belief, I am human and cant possibly eat all of them and/or judge accordingly. This list is also a list of places where you can most likely find locals as opposed to tourists. So no Shake Shack, Bareburger, 5 Napkin, and not even the napkinless Five Guys. That’s not to say my picks cant match against any of those guys. I’m also trying to mix and match different types of burgers even if it means including something that’s not even considered a burger but worth mentioning. Special attention is also paid to the fries and the place itself. Another reason why you wont see Shake Shack. “So why are you calling it Best Burger, Ziggy”? Good question tommy. For the same reason everyone else does. Its much more Google friendly than “exceptional burgers”, or “decent Burgers”, and besides, they might very well be “The Best”
Island Burger and Shakes – Perhaps the obvious one and the place I frequent the most. Great Burgers and.. you guessed it.. Churrascos! Churrascos are chicken sandwiches grilled in over 30 ways – blackened, or spiced any way you want it. The same goes for the top quality burgers where you have all these combinations to choose from including various toppings like Au poivre, pesto and even peanut thai sauce. And 6 types of bread including a fine Ciabatta. But don’t be afraid to try a very simple one with swiss, and perhaps sautéed onions or mushrooms. What separates them from the rest is that they always grill the burgers to perfection (unless you are with a group of 8 as happened to me yesterday). A medium rare is usually a medium rare. Fries here are good but extra, though I usually share them with someone. Oh and I’m noticing lately lunch specials of $10 that includes a plain burger, fries, beer, and a flue shot.
The Marshal – (top) I already discussed The Marshal extensively but haven’t discussed the burger. As with anything else on the menu, attention to detail here is key. An oven roasted fatty patty, a combination of chuck, brisket, and hanger along with kidney fat produces a perfect 80/20 fat ratio. This is the juiciest thing I’ve had since college! No fries here but the duck fat potato chips and slaw make up for it. The menu changes regularly so if you show up and the burger is not on the menu, I suggest you make a scene (how else they gonna learn). Or just have something else for a change
Genuine Roadside – Essentially a Shake Shack fast food burger without any of the pain. Every time I pass by Shake Shack on 8th ave I just want to shake a random German sock and sandals tourist and explain that there’s nothing in the land of pizza and burgers worth standing in line for. Because you can find similar quality just about everywhere. My only visit to this Shake Shack location was as much fun as a Vasectomy. At Genuine, in food mecca Gotham West, you walk in, order, get a beeper, and wait a few minutes at one of the many booths available, instead of the standing room only Shake Shack. Get the Double Stack, with american cheese, sweet pickles and house sauce which is essentially a mayo, ketchup, and mustard blend. The patties are 80% chuck, 20% hanger, on the small side like Shake Shack and generally cooked well. Fries are extra and well worth it. But the one item on the menu I prefer over everything else is the Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich
Brickyard Gastropub – For the health conscious. If you noticed that burgers with diet coke is not helping you lose wait, try beer with Bison Burger. You see what I did there kids? Bison meat is leaner than cow meat and has more nutrients. Brickyard offers regular burgers of course, and bison burgers that are slightly gamy and very tasty. But you must pinky promise that you will order the truffled fries as well. On first look they will seem greasy, but than you suddenly cant stop eating them. A total opposite than my experience with the truffled fries at the super popular Umami. But the burgers at this sport bar are solid overall. And a cute Irish bartenderess that knows her food can only be a major plus
Bulgogi Sliders at Danji – If the overrated Montmartre Patty Melt can be seen on “Best” lists than I’m adding sliders. Its my blog, I make the rules, and those sliders will make you break the rules. In a CNN 2011 reader’s poll of the World’s 50 most delicious foods, Bulgogi, a Korean style marinated beef was voted #23. Soy Sauce, garlic, sake, car keys, and a whole bunch of stuff go into a typical marinade, and you can sample this deliciousness at Hooni Kim’s Danji with a lovely spicy pickled cucumber & scallion salsa. Add the tofu and KFC wings while you at it
Happy eating and stay hungry my friends