Ask Midtown Lunch: What Burger Should I Eat Today?
This email was sent to the old ML Inbox before the bad news about Five Guys, but it’s still a good question (especially if you’re craving a burger today, and were thinking about hitting up Five Guys).
“I haven’t had a burger since the summer (eating healthier; not salads or crap like that, just chicken instead of beef). I got a ridiculous craving yesterday, but it was miserable outside. I’m trying to decide which great burger I am going to unleash myself on. I’ve narrowed it down to Blarney Stone, City Burger (the black label is so intriguing) and Five Guys. I know you list Five Guys as your Midtown pick, but I just want to be sure that it’s a better option considering I’m both a steak (Black Label burger) and onion ring fanatic. I’ve been to AHT, but they give too many options. Any advice? Sincerely, dougiec”
This is a tough one Doug. My favorite is Five Guys, but I admit it’s a specific kind of burger for a specific kind of burger craving. None of this is new territory… but let’s weigh your options after the jump. After all, you can never have too much burger talk.
Personally, I love Five Guys Burgers & Fries- but it is not a steak lovers burger. It’s for somebody who loves the In N Out style of burger. Two super thin burgers, covered in cheese and grilled onions (double double baby!), served with fresh cut fries. So good… but from the sounds of it, it’s not what you’re looking for. Plus it’s closed. If you want to be in that area, there is always the Burger Joint at the Parker Meridien (which I’m guessing will even more of a mob scene then usual) or the Carnegie John’s Cart, which actually makes a really good, and cheap burger. No fries (or onion rings) though… which is a big negative.
The new black label burger at City Burger has been called the best burger in the city for the “steak lover”, and if high quality meat is what you’re after, this has to be your choice. It’s also the most expensive, and the smallest of the 3. But if flavor is what you’re looking for, and you don’t care about price, this is your burger.
But then you had to go and mention onion rings. Blarney Stone has possibly the best onion rings in the city. While City Burger serves a frozen onion ring, Blarney Stone fresh cuts, seasons, and batters their onions every single morning. And it totally shows. If onion rings and price are as important to equally important to you as the flavor of the burger, then Blarney Stone must be your choice. Sure, the burger to bun ratio isn’t the greatest, but it’s a giant burger, and good enough. Plus, it’s super cheap (especially compared to Five Guys and City Burger.)
Anybody else have any thoughts on this extremely important question?