Simply Sliders Packs Big Flavor In Tiny Burgers
Early this spring, we reported that an exceedingly small new storefront called Simply Sliders was opening on 43rd St. (btw. 3rd+Lex) and we assumed they’d be selling the eponymous miniature burgers. Well, Simply Sliders is now opened and not only are they selling tiny burgers, they’re selling tiny burgers that rival any burger in Midtown (I think so, at least).
Simply Sliders has a very small, simple, five-item menu. For sliders, there’s the Classic, with angus beef, grilled onions, bacon, American cheese, and a pickle; the Kefte, with a Mediterranean-spiced beef patty, goat cheese, tomato, and arugula; and the Crispy Filet, with fried chicken breast, mustard sauce, and a pickle. For sides, there are french fries and onion rings. Each item on the menu costs $2.
Each slider is served on a toasted, orb-like bun that’s soft, but not too squishy. The Classic slider is, quite simply, a well-made bacon cheeseburger. It looks to be cooked using the smash technique, yielding a thin patty with a good crust on the meat, although my burger patty seemed to have been smashed to the point of falling apart. Even though it’s cooked well done, the patty was still tremendously juicy and flavorful. The other ingredients nicely compliment the beef, with just the right amount of bacon, pickle, and cheese (I didn’t really taste the onion, though).
The Kefte features a thicker burger. Mine was cooked medium rare. A quick internet search tells me that kefte is a Moroccan dish, usually made with ground beef or lamb and seasoned with spices like cumin, paprika, and coriander. I’m not sure what was in Simply Slider’s Kefte patty, but I saw some green flecks and the taste reminded me of a grilled meat dish I had in Bosnia. The flavors of the spiced beef and goat cheese were most prominent, and it was delicious.
The Crispy Filet was my least favorite of the bunch, but it was still good. The menu advertised it as southern-style fried chicken, but instead of buttermilk-marinated, flour coated bird, the chicken breast appeared to be breaded with panko. It was perfectly fried, juicy, and very crispy, but it lacked the flavor and peppery kick I expect from fried chicken.
Not to be outdone, the thick-cut french fries were very good as well. They could have had more crunch, but besides a few that were a bit soft, most were pleasantly crispy. The kicker, though, is that they leave the skin on, so the fries taste more like potato than just crispy, fried stuff. For $2, you get a decent-sized order that seems well-proportioned to a three slider meal.
I didn’t try the onion rings, but they looked to be coated in the same panko breading as the chicken. If they’re as crispy as the filet, they’re bound to be good.
At $2 per item, all but the hungriest Lunchers should be able to satisfy their hunger while staying within the ML limit.
Without exaggeration, these sliders, the Classic in particular, are some of the best burgers I’ve ever had. I had Shake Shack only a week ago, and I’d definitely put them in the same league (I’d even say the Classic slider was better). Ignore the inevitably long line and get thee to the tiny storefront serving tiny burgers.
Simply Sliders, 43rd St. (btw. 3rd+Lexington Ave.)