18 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009
Dec. 28, 2010 – 9:59 PM
I’m a good friend. I might not pick you up at the airport (I don’t own a car) and I’m also not going to do your windows, but I’m a good friend. Just ask my good pal Josh who sent me the following email on this night; “My whole trip to Utah just got canceled, cause my flight got canceled and they cant get me on another one. CAN WE PLEASE GO DRINK A LOT NOWWWW. Lets go, get a burger, go to a bar, drink my sorrows away!” What kind of person would I be to say no to someone who so desperately needed my attention and time? I can’t and I didn’t.
A few moments later I was out the door and on the way to my bar, Idle Hands, located in the East Village of NYC. Josh was already there chugging on a beer when I arrived. “Where can we get a good burger around here?” Josh asked me. That’s an easy question to answer seeing as how Zaitzeff is directly across the street from the bar. Josh clearly had needs and I didn’t want to take a moment of time away from him and our pints of Ommegang Adoration, so I pulled up my Seamless Web iPhone app and ordered up a couple of burgers for delivery.
I’ve already reviewed the fantastic turkey burger at Zaitzeff but in case you missed it, click here to read it. What I did want to talk about though was a topping I had not tried there before, jalapenos. Normally when you order jalapenos at any restaurant, you expect to get the pre-sliced, straight out of a jar pickled jalapenos and don’t get me wrong, they are good. But Zaitzeff does it a different way. They take whole, fresh jalapenos, slice them open and cook them on the grill, seeds, oil and all. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up the burger and saw them. One bite confirmed 2 things, A. they were awesome and B. they were hot and in fact, significantly hotter than what I am used too. I enjoyed their smokey heat so much that I might consider them to be a mandatory topping on future burgers from Zaitzeff!
No need to wait until your friends are in need, head down to the EVILL now for a burger from Zaitzeff while sipping on beers at Idle Hands bar.
8 out of 10 Ounces
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