Since my last post might have scared you into renouncing cheeseburgers, this post should undo the damage.
I take burgers very seriously. Fortunately for me, this great city has lots to offer. I’ve sampled many that allegedly take themselves seriously and in my humble opinion, Five Guys’ and DBGB‘s Yankee Burger are the best. As of Tuesday evening, 5 Napkin’s Original Burger holds a spot on my list of favorites, too.
The outside view of the Union Square location looks no fancier than your average diner. To my pleasant surprise, it was actually quite elegant inside, with dark colored booths, white tiled columns, and lots of interesting textures to keep the eye entertained. There’s also a gorgeous, fully stocked bar; as well as an extensive selection of domestic and imported beers.
The Original 5 Napkin Burger: a 10 oz. ground chuck patty, sweet caramelized onions and mild gruyere cheese, with a generous heap of rosemary aioli.
The beef itself was delicious – I would not have minded eating the patty all by itself. But the caramelized onions, rosemary aioli (which is a homemade mayo) and melted cheese, which is like the most awesome combo ever, took it way over the top. You know I didn’t dare ruin this beauty with ketchup. Also, please note that this meal practically weighed in at one pound! And with the exception of some fries, I stuffed my face with almost all of it. Are you proud of me or what?
To drink, I ordered the Avery White Rascal, a Belgian-style unfiltered wheat beer. It was the perfect light compliment to my obscenely massive burger.
West Coast-ers are faithful to In-N-Out (I’ve never been) while many New Yorkers claim Shake Shack is the best — what’s your personal favorite?