As a dutiful and trustworthy eater, I made sure to observe New York's Burger Week this past week. There's a variety of must-eat burger lists from Eater NY, so we chose to visit one of the spots on their "Epic Burgers You Must Eat Before You Die" lists, because one should never leave the world with those kinds of regrets.
And that is how we found ourselves at Burger & Barrel.
While they are known for their burgers (the tall beauts were gracing nearly every table), you should not overlook some of their starters.
Lump meat crab cakes were mighty fine with nearly no filler and lots of luscious, luscious crab meat.
The roasted red beets with avocado, red onion and orange segments were sweet and earthy. They slipped effortlessly down our gullets.
And then it was time to look at that infamous Bashburger, the three-time Burger Bash winner. If this burger was strutting down the hamburger runway, it would definitely turn hungry heads with its golden crown of onion rings and beautifully toasted brioche bun.
A heaping stack of salty fries typically come with the BashBurger, but you can also substitute polenta fries. Polenta, why are you so good in every shape and form?
The Bashburger comes with bacon and onion jam, pickles, American cheese and special sauce - essentially a very fancy, dressed up version of your classic McDonalds burger.
I opted to forgo the pickles and substitute cheddar, but it was still pretty tasty. Sufficiently juicy, good salty crust, and a lighter-than-air bun. And those onion rings were top-notch: satisfyingly crunchy with a thick ring of sweet onion in the center.
Although this burger was good, it wasn't very amazing. And hopefully your fries don't come out oversalted like ours, because they don't quite refill the water glasses as fast as you'd like!
We walked nearby to the West Village Big Gay Ice Cream Shop to cleanse our palates. The Mermaid always does me good. Their new soft-serve recipe, with Ronnybrook Cream, seems lighter, and thus, I determined it is now healthier !
Han's Nonsensical Rating: Burger & Barrel, I like the beet of yo appetizer drums, but that burger is merely fine. Although I don't think anyone would be disappointed satiating their hamburger cravings with the Bashburger, it's definitely not worth making the ol' Burger Bucketlist.
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