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
Posted by Sabrina Ghayour at 12:37