• Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    Is Umami Burger's 'Pumpkin Spice Latte Burger' As Vile As It Sounds?

    Last week, Umami Burger (432 Sixth Avenue) unveiled one of the most vile-sounding seasonal specials we've encountered in this business. That would be the "Pumpkin Spice Latte Burger": a beef patty topped with pumpkin pie-spiced mascarpone cheese, tempura-battered kabocha squash, a coffee-molasses dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Have an Early Taste of the Breakroom Burger, a New NYCWFF Burger Bash Entry

    While the New York City Wine and Food Festival is known for bringing chefs in from around the globe, two local guys from Chinatown are aiming to leave the biggest impression. Michael Tang and Christopher Wong, co-owners of the year-old Breakroom (83 Baxter Street; 212-227-2802), are participating in ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 30, 2014


    Don’t fill up on fries—the city’s best burgers are all here

  • Voice Choices

    July 2, 2014


    Bop and jive at this rockabilly jam

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    5 Reasons Why Fast Food Deserves to Die

    Umami Burger is the latest gussied up burger joint to take New York by storm, and it joins a long list of fast casual darlings like Shake Shack and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. And if those other spots had yet to get the point across, the arrival of the L.A.-based chain in New York cements it: Consu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Umami Burger Opens Monday (PHOTOS)

    "There's no point of comparison for Umami Burger," says a spokesman for the burgeoning LA-based chain, which will open it's first New York City location at 432 Sixth Avenue on Monday. Burgers, he explains, usually divide into two categories: meat bombs and classics. Umami-founder Adam Fleischman, ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    The 10 Best Burgers in NYC

    Long before David Hasselhoff became a Teutonic favorite, Germany gave us the cooked-meat puck known as the hamburger, and we think it's safe to say we came away the victors in that cultural trade-off. Yes, the hamburger is America's sandwich, and as an American, it's your Xenu-given right to stuff y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    ZZ's Clam Bar, New Amsterdam Market, and NYC's First Fatburger in Today's Neighborhood News

    A concept swap from the Torrisi team, a XXXL burger, and a short-lived market season all make today's round-up of neigbhorhood news.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Burger Joint's 'Normal' Burger

    At the new Burger Joint in Greenwich Village, a burger, fries, and a Coke will set you back $11.16, including tax. The abrupt opening yesterday of the first branch location of Burger Joint occasioned a flood of notoriety, suggesting you get more publicity by behaving impulsively than by following ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    80/20 Baconburger at Dickson's Farmstand Meats: Scrumptious!

    Bulbous, pink, and mottled, Dickson's baconburger I'd popped into Chelsea Market last Saturday to score a lump of guanciale at Buon Italia, when the meat case at Dickson's Farmstand Meats caught my eye - always good to give it a look and see what sorts of products, many of them oddball, are curren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Does NYC Need Elk Burgers?

    Yes, there's a burger in there somewhere. The elk is a mighty animal. Also known as wapiti, it's really a very large species of deer, native to North America and East Asia. Males of the species have magnificent horns, which are shed every year, and these horns are often used in traditional medicin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2013

    Fatburger, Joey Tribbiani, and the Village Voice

    News that Fatburger - a California chain offering the usual gloppy, salad-topped burgers associated with that state - was planning another assault on New York City reminded me that this wasn't really the first time the fast-food-chain had made an attempt to establish itself in the metropolis. Aroun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    New York Burger Appreciation Society: Choose a Day, and Get a Gourmet Burger Delivered

    For those who are really into gourmet burgers, a new delivery service is making it their goal so that you can get your weekly fancy burger fix. It's called the New York Burger Appreciation Society and it's a subscription-based, curated burger delivery service. Subscribers choose a day of the week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    The Best Burger Chain In The Country Is Announced

    They polled a bunch of (barely) human hogs and heifers and decided that the best burger chain in the country... isn't McDonald's.

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Why We Love Hamburgers: New York's Earliest Burgers

    Local chain Joy Burger turns out a modern-day burger, possibly one of 7,000 places in the city that currently do. As the name suggests, the hamburger originated in Hamburg, Germany, perhaps late in the Middle Ages, when mincing techniques usually used to make pork sausage were applied to beef, whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Did You Miss the 2012 Edition of Our 10 Best Burgers in New York City?

    Biting into a big, gloppy burger might be one of the most satisfying acts you can do as a food lover. You chomp into the substance (beef? turkey? salmon? veggie?), crunching through cheese (cheddar? goat? blue? aged?) into a juicy blend of tomato, lettuce, onions, ketchup, mustard, etc., etc., etc. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    P.S.--They Burned the Crap Out of My Burger, Then Served It To Me Anyway!

    Bun cinder at P.S. Burgers I was excited when I spotted the new burger joint on Carmine Street, P.S. Burgers. A little rudimentary googling proved the place an offshoot of a Mineola indie burger spot that Yelpers seem to adore. Said one, "Fresh ingredients, well prepared, friendly staff, and GRE ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Like Bacon? Like Sushi? Now You Can Have Both at the Same Time

    Yup, that's strips of smoked breakfast bacon stuck right in the middle of those maki rolls. It seems bacon has penetrated every lost galaxy of the dining firmament. Heck, you can get a peanut butter and bacon sandwich nearly everywhere, bacon is de rigueur on your burger, you can buy a men's tie i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Kansas City's Oddball Burgers, and Why They're So Good

    The burger at Winstead's (rather grandly called a "steakburger"), celebrated by Calvin Trillin in American Fried As burgers have become a mainstay of New York City bistros, bars, and snack shops, area chefs have come to define them in a restricted way: the patty must be thick and juicy and made wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Battle of the Black Label Burger

    Pat LaFrieda, the meat purveyor of choice for top gourmet burger places like The Spotted Pig and Minetta Tavern, has challenged Wendy's over its use of the name "Black Label Burger" to describe one of its premium patties.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Passover Horseradish, Tostilocos

    Burger Wars: Wendy's replaced Burger King as the second largest burger chain in the country; Five Guys is the fastest growing national chain with a 32.8% increase in sales last year. [Atlantic Business, Drovers Cattle Network] The Pickle Guys on the Lower East Side are making horseradish for Passov ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 1, 2012
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    January 30, 2012

    GO Burger Expands Offerings

    ​What happens when you get a restaurant that tries to cater to every taste, trend, and diner who may or may not swing through? You get Upper East Side burger joint GO Burger. The Second Avenue spot and it's roaming truck offshoot used to deal in meat patties. However, they've just announced a menu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Torta Burger at Tortaria

    Tortaria's torta burger arrives looking like a brown rock with moss growing on top. As we mentioned last Friday, Tortaria opened today on University Place. The place is devoted to making the Mexican sandwiches called tortas, to be washed down with an extensive tequila list, neat and as mixed drink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2012

    New Petey's Burger to Open in Long Island City

    Petey's is the closest we have to California's In-N-Out Burger. You may or may not be excited to learn that another Petey's Burger is scheduled to open in Long Island City, at the corner of 47th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard in the far southwestern corner of the neighborhood, not far from the first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Make Bread & Tulips's Lamb Burger

    Lamb for lunch.​Bread & Tulips opened this summer and recently launched lunch service, including the $25 "Perfect Lunch," which includes a glass of wine, salad and choice of pizza. It's a good deal, but owner Riccardo Dardha can't help but push his burger when asked. It comes with grilled onio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2011

    The 'Serious Burger' at Cheeburger Cheeburger: Taste Test and an SNL Video

    ​The abridged version of the chain, at Newark's Terminal A National burger chains are flying into town and running up their numbers so fast, we can't keep up with them. One of the latest to arrive - along with Smashburger, Fatburger (which tried twice in the last two decades, failed, and is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    A Guy Fieri Restaurant Is Indeed Coming to NYC... Docking, Then Sailing Away

    Smooth sailing.​For all his lack of finesse and subtlety, either when it comes to dressing, coiffing himself, or simply addressing his many fans, it appears that Guy Fieri very smoothly pulled one over all of us at this weekend's NYC Wine & Food Festival.

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Want In-N-Out in NYC? Here's the Next Best Thing ...

    ​ Craving the two beef patties, melted cheese and crisp lettuce of In-N-Out's famous Double-Double? Too bad, because the regional chain hasn't made it past Texas. In the meantime, you can get this faithful facsimile, which, while not exactly the same, should partly satiate any In-N-Out craving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Five Guys Branches Out to the Basement of a Flushing Mall

    Rebecca Marx​ Queens will soon have five Five Guys to its name: The latest location is set to open sometime soon in the basement of Flushing's Skyview Center on College Point Boulevard. For those keeping track, New York now has 21 locations of the burger chain, which began innocently enough in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Umami Burger Will Enfold New York in a Meaty Embrace

    crazybluepanda/Flickr​Even though New York may not be any closer to getting an In-n-Out Burger than we were on April Fool's Day 2010, it looks like we'll soon receive another meaty Southern Californian love letter in the form of Umami Burger.

  • Voice Choices

    June 22, 2011


    A 4th of July block party

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    June 1, 2011
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    May 27, 2011

    Hamburger America's George Motz: Did You Know White Castle Was Once a Burger Pioneer?

    photo courtesy of George MotzGeorge Motz and friends.​Yesterday, we talked to Hamburger America author and all-around burger expert George Motz about -- what else? -- hamburgers. Today, he reveals what he likes to eat when there is no burger in sight and blows our mind with White Castle's hand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Hamburger America's George Motz Talks Burger Hype, Burger DNA

    photo courtesy of George MotzGeorge Motz amid his beloved beef.​George Motz was just a documentarian when he came out with his seminal burger film, Hamburger America. But considering he had to eat thousands of burgers in establishments around the country for years as he researched the film, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Make Bell Book & Candle's Patty Melt Burger, Like Chef-Owner John Mooney

    Bell Book & Candle's Patty Melt Burger​With Memorial Day so near, we were hoping to break out the grill sooner than later. But with such a relentlessly rain-filled forecast, we might have to settle for flipping the season's first burger in a pan instead. Whatever the weather, why not lay your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Bonfire Chicken & Burgers Comes to Sixth Avenue, Grills Aflame

    Lauren ShockeyUnfortunately, no roasted marshmallows here​Looks like the Sixth Avenue branch of Joy Burger Bar is in for some competition, now that Bonfire Chicken & Burgers (404 Sixth Avenue, 212-228-2300) has taken over the old Qdoba location, located on the Avenue between Eighth and Ninth S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Lucky's Famous Burgers is now Open on Houston Street

    Lauren ShockeyOffering the Trifecta of Burgers, Dogs, and Shakes​After months of its windows being papered up, Lucky's Famous Burgers (147 Houston Street, 212-254-4900) has opened, bringing this mini-chain's total number of outlets to four. The city isn't short on burger chains, surely, but w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Battle of the Ostrich Burgers: Bare Burger vs. Energy Kitchen

    Lauren ShockeyBare Buger bares its soul. Nah, just its patty.​The poor little ostrich burger doesn't stand much of a chance of succeeding in New York City, a metropolis whose blocks are rife with beef burgers. But in this week's Battle of the Dishes, one ostrich burger will triumph. That's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    No. 17: Burger With Onion Rings at 5 Napkin Burger

    ​A nicely toasted bun is highly correlative of a good burger. The name is a bit of a stretch -- 5 Napkin Burger -- and I went in suspicious of how good -- and how gloppy -- it could be.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Munch, Midi, and Maxi at Joy Burger Bar

    ​"Maxi" on the left and "Munch" on the right Replacing a Baluchi's at the corner of Washington Place and Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village, Joy Burger Bar is yet another homegrown, upper-end, fast-food burger chain. It is a second branch of a place at Lex and 100th Street on the Upper East S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Joy Burger Bar Opening Tomorrow on Sixth Avenue

    Lauren ShockeyThe joy of burger.​ After hiding behind plywood for months, Joy Burger Bar's new branch at 361 Sixth Avenue will finally open to the public tomorrow, according to both a sign posted in its window last night and its Twitter feed.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    People Still Arguing Over NYC's 'Best' Burger

    A Hamburger TodayBill's Bar & Burger's burger.​Underwhelmed by the Daily News' decision to dub Corner Bistro the best burger in the city? Then check out A Hamburger Today's picks for their own "must eat" meat patties. Zaitzeff, Bill's Bar & Burger, Molly's Shebeen, Savoy, and Minetta Tavern al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Elevation Burger Escalates Onto West 14th Street

    ​The Elevation Burger is big and lush, but might remind you of Five Guys. So cheap to make, so easy to sell, hamburgers form a culinary motif of our economically downtrodden age. Stand-alone shops, bistros, and chains dispensing them have increased tenfold over the last five years in the city ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    The Counter Will Hit Times Square on Monday

    TheCounterBurger/FlickrIs there a there there?​New York may still be nowhere near getting an In-N-Out, but, thanks to the Counter, we are getting a helping of California-bred patties. Per A Hamburger Today, the L.A.-based build-your-own-burger chain is opening its first New York location this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    Taste Test -- Burger Creations

    Forget the rather frou-frou name -- Burger Creations throws down its albeit tiny gauntlet to the esteemed burger chain Five Guys, which has been steamrollering around town lately, setting up branches in every available space. Burger Creations creates a similar size burger, then dumps it on a luxe br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    TV Yunnies ID Best NY Burger at Mythical Address

    The "Best Burger in New York" episode of "How I Met Your Mother" that we mentioned earlier has finally aired. From the account at A Hamburger Today (great name), such real-life burger joints as Corner Bistro and Paul's Da Burger are mentioned, but the dream burger is (or was -- oops, spoiler alert ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 17, 2008


    A restaurant tribute, hold the nostalgia

  • Dining

    January 30, 2007

    Beefin' Burgers

    Our intrepid critic stuffs his face with the latest examples

  • Dining

    March 29, 2005

    Ho's or Hamburgers?

    Restaurant space evolves as West Village property values rise

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