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Monday, 15 March 2010


America... Home of the hamburger, birthplace of fast food restaurants and land of 'Supersizing', but for all the hype, these days the rest of the world are poised and positioned to overtake the U.S. in creating the perfect hamburger. One of the best burgers I ever had, strangely was in Seoul, Korea, at a place called "Kraze" - Anyway, I digress. So once again, I brave the jungles of New York, swinging from tree to tree in search of the perfect hamburger to share with burger-lovers everywhere! After doing my research, the same names kept cropping up repeatedly so I tried to visit as many of these famed spots as possible!

First stop is "Shake Shack" - What sounds like a would-be tacky, retro diner, is actually a carefully constructed high-end brand by Uber-Chef Danny Meyer, owner of the famous Union Square Cafe, Grammercy Tavern and Maialino, but to name a few. So to turn your hand from culinary perfection and well-known American dining to hamburgers? Well, it's not for the faint hearted as it carries palpable risks, with every food critic in the country, including most of New York, just waiting to pounce on you if you go wrong. Did Danny Meyer go wrong? The simple answer is, no. Not at all... not in the slightest. With 3 locations already open, this is the kind of formula that's success is becoming viral. Apparently on the average day in New York, you can expect to wait well over an hour in line just to place your order and up to another 30 minutes to collect your order.

I visited the Madison Square Park location on a cold and blustery day when the heavens seemed to open up and it was raining cats and dogs and i waited for 30 mins just to get to the counter and another 20 minutes to collect my order. There is no indoor seating, just outdoor tables and chairs and heat lamps (which don't help you when you look like a drowned rat!) But was the burger good? Yes Siree Bob, it was. The menu is simple. Burgers are single or double, with or without cheese. There are 3 different hotdogs, including classic 'Chicago dogs' - which I'm told are authentic and delicious and DO NOT FORGET to try their Milkshakes and 'Frozen Custard' - which they are equally famous for as they are scrumptidily-umptious! After waiting in the rain with my other fellow drowned rats, I grabbed my bag-o-burger-goodness and made a dash for a NYC Taxi cab and headed home to devour it's content. The burger was perfect in size, not one of those crazy giant patties that us Brits can't seem to stomach. The hot dog was delicious, meaty and the bun a sweet and soft dough, almost like a brioche. Washed down with a lovely chocolate Milkshake, it was definitely something special. For menu and locations check out their website: www.shakeshack.com

Other recommended spots for great burgers in the City are:

Corner Bistro - 331 West 4th Steet

Bill's Bar & Burger - 22 9th Avenue

For the WEIRDEST burger I have ever seen (pictures above, can you tell which burger I am talking about??) head to 'Tipsy Parson' in the West Village for the ultimate in sweet and savoury craving curbers, the Doughnut burger. Priced at $14.00 a pop, it is not some shambolic accident, but a carefully constructed monster designed to satisfy those of us who cannot choose between savoury and sweet and therefore seek a hit of both to curb the craving. Visit their website at: www.tipsyparson.com


  1. Shake Shack is definitely a good one. If you're still there, they serve a nice burger at a humble little place called JG Melon in midtown. The donut burger is definitely a weird phenomenon - they seem to be all over the US these days! http://laissezfare.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/doughnut-burger-delicious-or-dire/

    Hope you are having a great trip (sounds like it!). Very jealous of both your cheap and expensive meals...still haven't been to Per Se (or the original French Laundry). Boohoo :(

    Take care.

  2. Looks absolutely delicious Sabrina.

  3. Thanks Anju!!!! I have gained A LOT of weight in just over a week!

    Hi LF, how are you? How's Mrs LF doing? I am done with fast food! Gymming 4 times a week and eating inredibly low fat food now!!!