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New York’s Burger Wars

Updated: Nov 18, 2009 13:09
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New York has seen it’s share of food trends these days, particularly when it comes to street food and dishes normally reserved for a greasy spoon diner.  There was the Banh Mi boon, the fried chicken revival, and now the battle for the ultimate burger bragging rights is up for grabs. The return to comfort food has been going on for some time now,  and with the recent opening of the new burger joint, Fresh-N-Fast smack dab down the street from Shake Shack, you can almost smell blood and Worcestershire sauce in the water.

After a recent jaunt to LA where I got my In-N-Out fix, I always die a little inside on the plane ride back knowing there’s no In-N-Out when I get home.  Sure there’s plenty of delicious burger options here in New York, but the price cut off is usually $8 and up. Fresh-N-Fast, is promising what their name says, with quick service, no frozen patties, and of course their own version of “special sauce”.  There’s been some chatter over their familiar-looking logo, but you bet your ass I’ll be waiting in line come November 23.

For those who like to actually sit down and eat their food rather than shovel it, there are two new other burger contenders.  Bill’s Bar & Burger, is the newest venture from restaurateur, Stephen Hanson, who hits include Dos Caminos and Blue Water Grill. Like Shake Shack, it’s all about high-quality meat cooked to perfection on a hot griddle.  Bill’s Classic, just over $5 seems to be the runaway hit but if you’re feeling adventurous try the Fatcat with caramelized onions on a English Muffin.  And for the truly indulgent burger lovers, or if you’re just trying to get laid, take someone out to the new Patty & Bun.  It certainly aint cheap, with their most basic burger going for $12, but that gets you three kinds of meat and chimichurri pickled cabbage.  The line-up also includes Lamb, Monkfish, and Wild Salmon all with some interesting toppings.  But despite all the frills, a burger is still a burger and a cheap, good, one is a basic American right.  So let the burger wars wage on, because the more options there are, the harder they’ll have to try to please the public.

And please, skip the White Castle; your body will never forgive you.

Photos courtesy of:
New York Magazine

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Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe

Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe

Laura S, left the "sixth borough" three years ago to settle in Brooklyn. After working at some daily rags, she now does writing on the side but still eats more Ramen then necessary. When she's not moving residences every 6 months, eating her way through every neighborhood, and trying every microbrew known to man, she is unsuccessfully rediscovering home economics. With her binging days behind her, she's now exploring new projects and rediscovering the city that she loves (although is still prone to sliding on her knees during a Prince karaoke set).


  1. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    November 17, 2009 at 10:29 am

    There is always a time and place for White Castle.

  2. Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe
    November 17, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I watched someone vomit after eating their A1 slider, not pretty

    • Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
      November 17, 2009 at 12:25 pm

      When I lived in Brooklyn, every time I got a drunk cab ride home from the city I would make the dude go through the White Castle drive-thru. I do have to admit the sliders were not nearly as good when I finally tried them sober.

  3. November 17, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I just want to point out that I took the Shake Shack photo..a link and credit back to my Flickr would be appreciated. 🙂 Thanks.