Archive for the ‘BURGERS’ Category

3 “Break from the Norm” Burgers: Del Frisco’s, Ruby’s, Great Jones Cafe

January 12, 2009

In this “burger obssessed age“, where beef on a bun is the restaurant industry’s lone recession-proof dish, NYC Food Guy is here to shed some light on three burgers that are a break from the normal fare.  One’s both beauty and beast, one’s from Down Under and the last is just a heart-stopper.  Read on for three different takes on an American classic…





NYC Chicken & Burgers: Cookout Grill Disappoints

November 17, 2008

Since moving from the Upper West Side to the East Village, I haven’t found any chicken as good as Chirping Chicken on 77th Street & Amsterdam Avenue. Cookout Grill, which opened on 13th Street & 1st Avenue in October, has a wood fired rotisserie, an open flame grill and a sign advertising an 100 percent beef burger. How bad could it be? Well I should have known from the sleek and flashy interior that Cookout Grill was trying too hard in all the wrong places. Read on the find out exactly what I mean…


$17 Worth of food and the hand cut fries were the best part.
A sleek interior can’t mask misguided grub.


NY Food Tour: Bacon Cheeseburger with Crispy Onions at Goodburger

August 19, 2008

NYC Food Guy Note: I’m on vacation in California so I’m sending you on a NY Food Tour to keep your stomach happy while I’m gone. Enjoy the deliciousness.

  • What: While the beef is almost as delicious as Burger Joint‘s, Goodburger offers all the toppings you wish the Burger Joint had. Thanks to Lil NYC Food Guy, I discovered the pleasure of a char-grilled cheeseburger (white & yellow cheddar standard), cooked to order, and covered in crisp bacon and sweet, crispy onions. The toasted bun and shoestring fries are standard, letting the burger take center stage.
  • Cost: $9.00 (Cheeseburger $6.75, Bacon $1.75, Crispy Onions $.50)
  • Where: 4 Locations in Manhattan
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  • Inside info: The bacon and onions were plentiful but tasted pre-cooked.

Pastis: Burger with Fried Egg Recipe for Disaster?

July 24, 2008

I’ve never had a cheeseburger with a fried egg on it and I never go to the Meatpacking District. It was time to knock off two birds with one stone by having the Cheeseburger a cheval ($17) at uber-trendy French bistro Pastis. Once I overcame the ostentatious cougars milling about the bar, I was ready for action. Would this be a delicious experience or an overpriced one that would leave me in need of angioplasty?

Read on for the answer to that question plus a review of the Fried Calamari with Harissa mayo ($13) and the Grilled Chicken Paillard ( $18 ).


Harriet’s Kitchen: Big Bacon Cheeseburger & Fries for $10.02

June 18, 2008

Harriet’s Kitchen, on Amsterdam Avenue between 84th & 85th Street, has now provided you with a reason to go to the Upper West Side. You can now enjoy the best burger I’ve had in a long time and then go eat the best chocolate chip cookie on the planet at Levain Bakery.


Island Burgers and Shakes: Gluttony at its finest

May 30, 2008

65 varieties of flame-grilled burgers or grilled chicken sandwiches (called churascos). Sixty five! And that’s not counting your own creations. The possibilities are limitless, but once you decide on what you want, I went with a Tijuana ($9.25, pictured below), with bacon, jack, guacamole, and sauteed onions, you’re in for a heart-stopping treat. Island Burgers loses points for not serving fries, but they have a reason why and they offer 2 other potatoey snack options instead. Read on for amazing photos and the inside information.


BXL: Rather Have a Beer

May 22, 2008

Unfortunately, this $15 bacon cheeseburger is not as good as it looks. It’s from BXL, a Belgian bar on 43rd St. b/t 6th & 7th Avenue, and while it looks damn tasty, a lot of credit is due the the perfectly crisp bacon. It’s fire-grilled, though you couldn’t really taste it, and comes on a bready toasted white bun which was ordinary but not an impediment. Life With Food & Drink, who joined me along with her brother Dirty Dave, recommended the fries, which looked amazing on other people’s tables, but suffered from not being served piping hot.

On Sundays and Mondays $17 gets you a Stella Artois and ALL YOU CAN EAT MUSSELS (they offer 6 varieties). Buyer beware, Anthony Bourdain says Sunday & Monday are the worst days to eat restaurant seafood. Service was great, very patient, but I’d sooner return for one of their 12 rotating Belgian beers than for a burger.


Burger Joint Secrets to Success

May 9, 2008

Burger Joint is arguably the most popular burger spot in NYC. You need my secrets to success, however, if you want to enjoy these flame-broiled cheeseburgers without waiting on the long line. I’ll also reveal my no-fail method to secure a hard-to-get seat in addition to some other essential information.


The Volstead’s Milk Chocolate Fondue is Awesome

May 6, 2008

Milk Chocolate Fondue. Wow. I’ve been down on fondue since the Artisanal disaster but The Volstead changed that by providing cubes of Rice Krispy Treats and fudge infused pound cake, sliced strawberries and bananas, and whole blackberries for dipping. Grilled pizza, tasty hummus, and sliced steak and creamed spinach bites rounded out a solid meal in a sexy atmosphere. The Volstead’s upping their stock further by offering free lunch Tuesdays all May to readers of Midtown Delicious photos and the low down after the jump.


NYC Food Guy Recommends… Cheap Late Night Eats… With one worthy exception

April 18, 2008

NYC Food Guy loves nothing more than ending a night on the town with a delicious meal. Everyone has their late night pizza spot or diner, but sometimes you need to think bigger and better. I’m here to make that very easy for you by shedding light on places that stay open past bedtime or way past last call.


Veselka Bacon Cheeseburger: Backyard Grill Flavor & Great Bun

April 11, 2008

Josh “Mr. Cutlets” Ozersky, co-creator of NY Magazine’s Grub Street, and author of “Hamburger: A History”, recently proclaimed his love for the bacon cheeseburger ($10.50 deluxe) at Veselka, a 24-hour Ukrainian diner in the East Village. I’ve had this joint on my to do list for a long time but it was Mr. Ozersky’s claim that lit the burner on this mission. Could it really be the best burger in the city?


Houston’s: Consistently Delicious Chain Never Disappoints

April 1, 2008

I love Houston’s. There I said it. Go ahead, laugh. NYC Food Guy’s favorite restaurant is a chain and I have no problem with that. Why? Because Houston’s has never disappointed. Not once!


Get to Houston’s now and bring a friend because that’s the fastest way for you to experience the glory of the Baby Back Ribs/Cheeseburger Split…


Pizza and a Burger near MSG: New York Pizza Suprema & Stout’s Bacon Cheeseburger

March 25, 2008

NYC Food Guy loves pizza and burgers so Saturday afternoon I figured why not have both. I grabbed two Sicilian slices at New York Pizza Suprema, where they take pizza seriously enough to prepare 3 different sauces for various pies, and a bacon cheeseburger at Stout NYC, which was voted 2007’s 10th best burger in NYC by Citysearch.


Can you guess which place NYC Food Guy will not be returning to? Read on to find out if you’re right…


Telepan Bacon Cheeseburger with Fries & Onion Ring “Volcano”: Amazing First Courses Save an Overhyped Burger

March 6, 2008

After reading Time Out New York’s article on the Top 10 Burgers of 2008, I knew it was time for NYC Food Guy to see if these burgers were worth the fuss. First stop: Telepan. The opportunity to eat this mini burger is only available as part of the 3 ($28) or 2 ($22) course lunch prix fixe or the weekend only 2-course brunch prix fixe ($28), which I indulged in.


The burger is served with crisp bacon, melted white cheddar, housemade pickles, lettuce, tomato, crispy shoestring french fries, and an onion ring “volcano”. At brunch, you also get a complimentary housemade bread basket with some delicious cakes including a damn tasty cinnamon muffin. As far as the burger goes, harmony of flavor was lacking. My overall thought was “charred and salty.” My first course, the Semolina Cream Crepes with sauteed butternut squash and brown sugar sauce, were delicious enough to save the meal.

Read on the find out what defines a fancypants burger and how something so well crafted fell flat…