Five Napkin Burger, Union Square – 150 East 14th Street. On that particular New York night, two age-old questions were answered. One: Whatever happened to Ricky Martin? Starring, singing and dancing in Evita, has a mustache. Two: Where do you go when you’re hungry after a Broadway show? Even when you’re of the extremely lazy kind, step away from Times Square. Instead, walk a couple of blocks to the cozy but noisy Five Napkin Burger. As you can probably guess by now, I’m a pretty huge burger fan, so I kind of indulged during my stay – repeating that whole YOLO thing to myself as I sunk my teeth one too many times in this juicy deliciousness. I devoured The Avocado Ranch (pepper jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing, sesame brioche roll). One hamburger was definitely harmed that night.
The Plaza Food Hall – 1 West 59th Street. Located next to our lovely hotel, and this one gets my personal “best burger of the whole trip”-stamp. The food hall seemed to be very popular, which may lead to long waiting times – but the mouthwatering burgers or super-fresh sushi is so worth it. It’s not the place to go if you’re on a romantic date, since it’s very busy and quite loud but if you’re looking for a yummy, no-nonsense bite it’s very recommendable. I opted for the classic burger here, once full-sized, once in the form of sliders – always with a side of sweet-potato fries. Yu-mmy.
The Breslin – 16 West 29th Street. Imagine yourself finally arriving at your (second) hotel after traveling for about 24 hours (it was a long, long trip – I’ll spare you the details). You’re exhausted, you feel like you can eat a horse, so naturally you don’t want to go very far. Luckily, the Ace Hotel has a restaurant right next door – you can actually walk into the restaurant from the lobby – so the choice was quickly made that night and yup, I devoured another burger. Honestly, it was my least favorite of the bunch. The meat was too rare and they were a bit too generous in the garlic department and not generous enough when it came to vegetables. Even when I’m pigging out I like at least one piece of lettuce and a slice of tomato to kid myself there’s something healthy involved, you know? The Breslin’s certainly not a bad restaurant, but the type of food they serve is just not totally my style, I guess. Pure meat lovers, go there. Vegetarians, stay away.