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New York – The Burgers

22 01 2013 / BY Brunette Blogging

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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.

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The Plaza Food Hall1 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.

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The Breslin16 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.


  • http://www.kellysteenlandt.com/ Kelly

    This post provides me some burgerspiration for my next trip to NYC (whenever that happens). Burgers in NYC are the best thing ever, not to mention the sweet potato fries. I definitely have to check out that Plaza Food Hall next time I’m there!

    • http://brunetteblogging.com/ Kim – brunetteblogging.com

      Sweet potato fries are SO GOOD. We don’t have those in Belgium, so it’s always a treat to try those whenever I’m in America.

      • http://www.kellysteenlandt.com/ Kelly

        Colruyt has them (the potatoes). I made them last summer with home-made burgers. :-)


    nice place!


    Angela Donava

  • Krizia

    I’m not a fan of fast food – at all – but I have to admit that this looks yummy!

    x Krizia

    Shark Attack – Fashion Blog

  • http://www.misizk.com/ misizk

    wacht kan niet volgen! waar ligt die plaza food hall??? is toch eigendom van de plaza, maar is het ook in het hotel gelegen??? vorige keer niet gezien (is wel al drie jaar geleden). anyway, super tip, kende het niet maar ziet er geweldig uit! zeker voor le beau

    • http://brunetteblogging.com/ Kim – brunetteblogging.com

      Dat ligt idd ‘in’ het hotel (beneden). Van buiten is er een aparte deur om binnen te gaan (wel vrij klein aangegeven) en dan kom je direct bij roltrappen terecht om naar beneden te gaan.

  • http://www.misizk.com/ misizk

    helaba, de breslin heeft wel de beste burger he!!! ah ja inderdaad it is all about the meat! elk restaurant heeft wel zijn signature burger! plaza hhhmmm, heb er mijn bedenkingen bij! mooiste kamer ooit!!! kan niets aan tippen maar hou niet van het feit dat het er inderdaad zo zo druk is! als je in de lobby zit, weet het personeel niet of je gast bent of niet! en waar ik nu net van hou, is een top notch service! niet dat ze een onderscheid moeten maken tussen gasten en niet gasten, maar omdat ze het niet weten, behandelen ze iedereen nogal oppervlakkig! spotted pig ook gedaan?

    • http://brunetteblogging.com/ Kim – brunetteblogging.com

      Let’s agree to disagree about the burger :) Mss heb jij wel een andere gegeten trouwens? Die van mij was the lamb burger. Nee spotted pig niet gedaan om die reden dat het met mij te meat-focused leek (had het opgezocht na uw tips te bekijken :))