5 Napkin Burger
630 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036
When this Hell’s Kitchen eatery opened, my interest was instantly piqued. A name like “5 Napkin Burger” automatically sets the bar pretty high for expectations. A great burger really should be greasy and should provide some level of difficulty in maintaining clean hands while consuming. With curiosity killing the cat, we made a reservation (yes I just said a reservation at a burger joint!) and prepared for the mess.
The restaurant has a vibe that is hard to place but came across more like a French Bistro than your standard short-order diner burger joint. The staff, although very, very friendly, weren’t all that attentive. Our server, who was very pleasant, passed our table no less than a dozen times while we had empty glasses or plates. But onto the meal!!
Onion rings – Great breading and interesting presentation but the onion inside was flavorless hot yet it tasted uncooked.
French Fries – crispy and well cooked but nothing special.
5 Napkin Brew “Nut Brown Ale” – DELICIOUS!! I suggest heavily
‘Smores Shake – rich and creamy
and for the star of the evening …
Original 5 Napkin Burger 10oz. fresh ground chuck, comte cheese, caramelized onions, rosemary aioli, soft white roll.
I have to say, it lived up to it’s name. It was greasy, full-flavored, cooked perfectly and was damn tasty. The bun held up well against the onslaught of grease, cheese and oils.
The burger is served with a steak knife and out defiance, I refused to cut the burger and it’s the same obstinate attitude that kept me from using more than 1 napkin. Although honestly, both items are recommended.