Hanoi Burger Is Another Win for Social Eatz
Angelo Sosa’s Social Eatz (on 53rd btw. 2nd and 3rd) has already gotten a fair amount of coverage on this site (and others), with most of it focused around their famous Bibimbap Burger. I recently took my first trip to the restaurant, fully intending to try it, but the Hanoi Burger caught my eye instead.
The Hanoi Burger consists of ground beef with mint, lemongrass, cilantro and red onion topped with lettuce and served with a chili mayo and a sweet onion jam. No, it doesn’t have a slow-cooked egg oozing all over it like the Bibimbap Burger, but how can this flavor combo go wrong?
My burger was cooked a little past the requested medium rare, but it was juicy enough that it didn’t matter. All of the ingredients balanced each other nicely. The salty, savory burgery patty complemented the cool mint, lemongrass, and cilantro, and the sweet onion jam tied the whole thing together. Some romaine on the bottom added some textural contrast and kept the burger juices (juicez?) from soaking through the buttery bun, and of course I had to give the whole thing a light dunk in sriracha on its way to my mouth.
I still haven’t tried the Bibimbap burger, so I can’t say whether I prefer this one or that one, but I can tell you that this is a pretty great “fusion” burger. It’s also $1 cheaper ($11 vs. $12 for the Bibimbap)! If that’s still too much for you, I’ll tell you a secret. Scoutmob has a deal for 50% off through April 6th (available only by downloading their free mobile app), so if you haven’t yet tried any of these burger’z, now is the time to do it.