Sunrise Mart Serves Burgers With Crispy Rice Buns!

Sunrise Mart One night while walking to the train after work, I noticed signs on Sunrise Mart (41st btw. Madison+5th) advertising their “New Rice Burgers.” What’s a rice burger? Basically instead of buns they used two pan fried pieces of flattened out mushed up rice patties. This wasn’t my 1st experience with this sort of sandwich/burger. There used to be a food truck in LA that specialized in using rice as buns and surprisingly did a pretty darn good job at it. After seeing the signs for it at Sunrise Mart, I was curious and decided to check it out.

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Looking at the menu, Sunrise Mart is really stretching the meaning of the word “burger.” Their #1 and #2 “Burgers” ($5.99), feature sliced meat (not a burger), although their #3 is an actual burger. ¬†Semantics be damned, in the end I got the #1 Pork Ginger Rice “Burger” because who doesn’t love pork and ginger.

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Beware, this sandwich is messy. The juice from the pork made the bottom rice bun soggy and the whole sandwich was pretty hot to actually hold on to. I tried to pick it up and hold it like a proper sandwich but the slices of pork kept sliding around. I ended up using chopsticks to pick at it. It wasn’t till the last few bites that I managed to eat it the way it was meant to be eaten. The sandwich was okay. A bit small for the price but the ginger pork was mighty tasty. Thinly sliced, the pork was salty and tender. Next time if I wanted a sandwich I’ll probably stick with the ones with good old fashion bread buns and if I wanted the ginger pork I rather pay $1 more for the ginger pork rice bowl.

Sunrise Mart, 12 E. 41st (btw. Mad+5th), 646-380-9280


  • Ronin (formerly Washoku) also serves these. They used the rice buns as a selling point when they re-opened. I haven’t tried them, but I recall people saying good things.

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    I agree with the review – the burger is pretty messy. Based on the review, I wanted to check out the pork ginger burger. I ordered mine to go and by the time I walked back to my office (less than a 2 min walk), the sauce had seeped out of the container and all over the others items in the bag I carrying. Not to mention, the lettuce was soggy and it was difficult to eat by hand. That being said, it was ok but could use more flavor such a scallions.

  • messy, but dam good!!

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