5 Napkin Burger, Hell's Kitchen #NewYork

When talking about the best burgers in New York there really isn't one place that can be crowned the definitive winner - it's all down to personal preference. One which is repeatedly mentioned though is 5 Napkin Burger - and quite rightly so, the burgers are epic.

When we arrived there was a bit of a queue for a table but thanks to those flashy paddle thingies we didn't have to stand around (take note Meat Liquor etc...), we sat at the bar with a drink, which is a much more civilised way to handle things if you ask me.

Within 15-20 minutes we were sat at our table outside, watching the world go buy with a beer and onion rings. I think the fact we were happy to sit out in the heat rather than inside under air-con jumped us up the queue somewhat.

They have a few craft beers on tap and I ordered from their 'Joker Line', which is basically a mystery guest line, but they will tell you what it is if pressed - and it turned out I was drinking Victory Summer Ale. Wahoo another Summer Ale! But it was a good one, and went perfectly with the super crispy onion rings and sunshine we were enjoying outside.

I went for the 5 Napkin Original burger, which looking back, does sound a bit whacky on paper: 10oz fresh ground chuck steak pattie, gruyere cheese, caramelised onions and rosemary aioli. Colette opted for the much more classically flavoured cheddar and bacon, and do you know what? I wish I had too.

The 'original' was just far, far too rich and sweet for me and the flavours completely overpowered the quality of the meat, which was excellent. The cheddar and bacon though was pretty much burger perfection. Tender, juicy, blushing pink meat, complemented by salty bacon and some melted medium strength cheddar. Awesome in the true sense of the word.
Just after the burgers arrived I ordered another beer from their excellent bottle and can menu: 21st Amendment Back in Black, a punchy black IPA with a great balance between citrusy hops and smokey, dry dark malt flavour. After it warmed up a touch the resinous pine and ever so slightly chocolatey malt flavours, which seem at odds to begin with, slowly creep into the middle ground - like pre teens during the second hour of a school disco.

As you can see from the photos it went from day to night whilst we sat there, though the mercury barely dropped, and by the end of the meal we were pretty much done in by jet lag, beef and beer.
A perfect way to end our first night in New York.







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