January 21, 2010

5 Napkin Burger - Hell's Kitchen, NYC

With plenty of restaurant tourist traps, dining in the theater district can be tricky.  Happily, the owners of Nice Matin (one of our favorite brunch places in our neighborhood) opened up a restaurant both named after and devoted to their most popular dish:  5 Napkin Burger.  

The restaurant has a great vibe and the dining room was filled with the after-work crowd, theater-goers, couples, and friends.  Though the the menu includes other burger variations and (strangely) sushi rolls, we only had eyes for the restaurant's namesake.     

We started off with drinks - Though the 5 Napkin Brew "Nut Brown Lager" beer was tempting to try, we opted for the Dark and Stormy Float ($10).

It was a great twist on the original cocktail and is made with rum and raisin ice cream, Goslings rum, and Saranac ginger beer.

This thick drink (basically dessert) combines the fun of childhood with the sophistication of a classic grown-up cocktail. 

We would return just for this drink!

Original 5 Napkin Burger with fries ($14.95):  There's something nostalgic and comforting about biting into a juicy burger.  All of the flavors of the gooey gruyere cheese, rosemary aioli, caramelized onions, and perfectly cooked medium rare burger mixed well together.  And yes, this burger does require multiple napkins to wipe off the pink juices that drip from it.

5 Napkin Burger is located at 630 9th Ave (at 45th St) in NYC.  A new location will also be opening soon on the UWS at 2315 Broadway (at 84th St).


  1. Honestly, forget the burger. I want that Dark and Stormy Float!

  2. The burger sounds juicy and succulent! Definitely awesome with the dark & stormy float!

  3. The FLOAT!!! OMG! And then the BURGER! This looks like my kinda place!

  4. I found myself wrapped up in a 5 Napkin Burger and if I do say so myself, this burger was heavenly. Cooked to perfection — and huge — the burger turned out to be too much for me to finish in one session. Therefore I had it wrapped and enjoyed it the next day in my upper east side manhattan real estate. IT was just as good the second time around.


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