May 3, 2011

{Dining Out} Burger Lunch at 5 Napkin Burger

It was the long holiday weekend and I had to find a place in NYC that took reservations for a group of 8.  There needed to be space for a stroller or high chair and the menu had to include vegetarian and seafood options.  Surprisingly, our perfect spot for lunch was burger joint 5 Napkin Burger in Hell's Kitchen.

Look closely at the burger above.  It isn't extremely rare nor is it even meat. This is the Veggie Burger ($11.95) and it's fantastic.  Made with beets (which gave the burger its rich color), barley, black beans, brown rice, sesame seeds, jalapeños, and carrots, this burger patty was so tasty.  The multi-grain bun was hearty and the toppings (including the 5 Napkin sauce, pickles, and cheddar cheese) matched well with the burger.  This veggie burger is so good that even with all of the other meat options, I would definitely order it again.
Burger Salad ($14.95):  My sister-in-law loved her salad, filled with chopped greens, endives, tomatoes, blue cheese, cucumbers, peppers, green beans, red onions, radishes, celery, 5 napkin sauce, oil, and vinegar dressing. You can choose a beef, lamb, or turkey burger patty, but my SIL went with the veggie burger patty.  She declared that patty to be the best veggie burger she's ever had.
Original 5 Napkin Burger ($14.95):  My husband and brother-in-law both shunned our salad/veggie burger choices and went straight for the oozy, juicy, original namesake burger.  I don't blame them - I've enjoyed the burger before - and I knew my husband couldn't refuse a beef burger with caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese, and rosemary aioli.  Yes, he devoured the whole burger (and some of my veggie burger too!)
Ahi Tuna Burger ($15.95): My friend ordered the tuna burger.  The tuna was marinated in ginger, scallions, and soy, grilled to a medium-rare, and topped with wasabi mayo and tempura fried onions. She liked the thick slice of tuna -though I think I would still stick with the more colorful veggie or original burger.
Bacon Cheddar Burger ($14.95): Another friend ordered the huge beef burger topped with sharp cheddar, bacon, raw onion, lettuce, and tomato.  He made his meal healthier by substituting the fries for the side salad.  For him, it was one of the juicier burgers he's enjoyed - making the trip with his young family in from New Jersey completely worth it!  

With so many burgers to choose from, which one would you choose? 

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  1. I am drooling over your husband's beef burger with caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese, and rosemary aioli.

    Sadly, i am in diet mode right now, so will order the beef salad


  2. Hi Dave! It's tough when swimsuit season is just around the corner right? =) We've been trying to eat lighter (though not always successful), but I've found these low calorie noodles (Shirataki noodles) made out of tofu that are only 20 calories/serving. I made a chicken soup with them and my husband liked it. I'm going to test out a couple more recipes before I post about them.

  3. You know, I've always said that Shake Shake has the best burgers in the city, but I've heard wonderful things about 5 Napkin Burger! Been there once but didn't have burgers (believe it or not... wasn't hungry enough for all that food). I will definitely have to check it out sometime :)

  4. Cool - Boston finally just got 5 Napkin Burger a few months ago. I'm keen to go try it. Now that you've shown me how amazing the veggie burger is, maybe I'll try that instead! (I'm sure I can't get Bryan to try it - but the original 5 Napkin Burger looks like it will work fine for him. :)

  5. I really enjoyed the Veggie Burger, but you're right - Bryan will enjoy the Original. Besides, it gives you an excuse to try his too! The milkshakes are also pretty good - though very decadent. I've had them before (a Dark and Stormy one), but was too full to have one this time around.

  6. I agree with you and still believe Shake Shack has the best burgers in the city (especially given it's lower price point to most "gourmet" burgers). Definitely check out 5 Napkin when you're really hungry - so you can also try a milkshake too!

  7. Ooh I remember you writing about this place last time. I love a messy burger! So good to see veggie burgers done so well too - it's too often an afterthought with a generic frozen patty of indistinguishable mushy mush.


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