Tasting Table Kitchen
495 Broome, 2nd Fl
New York, NY 10013
Burger lunch at Tasting Table
Amstel Light, the “official Beer of the Burger” teamed up with Time Out NY to present “The Battle of the Burger,” a sampling event of some of the most popular Burgers in NYC. The event took place at the gorgeous Hudson Common Beer and Burger Hall inside the Hudson Hotel. Prior to the event, there was an invite only Burger luncheon with Chef & restaurateur, Richard Blais. The event took place at the Tasting Table’s Kitchen, a small cooking & dining space located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. Thew few of us that were invited to attend were treated to an intro from Richard followed by a 5 course lunch and buckets of Amstel Light.
You never know what you’re going to get when you go to these but it’s usually pretty good. In this case, it was pretty awesome. The Burger, cooked to Medium, was served on a Toasted English Muffin with Candied Onions, Braised Bacon and Cheddar. I’m not sure where the Beef was sourced from or what the fat to lean ratio was but it didn’t matter, because it tasted great. Lot’s of Savory flavors on top of savory flavors that Richard appropriately described as having lots of Umami. Knowing I was going to be eating Burgers later in the day, I told myself I would only eat half this Burger. After a couple bites I knew that resisting would be absolutely futile.
I barely pecked at my salad, which was really good, especially the Avocado and Blue Cheese but there just wasn’t room. The Onion Rings were pretty good too but what made them really stand out was the delectable Beer Mustard they were served with. If that comes in a bottle somewhere, I need to buy some! I’m not much of a desserts person but a few bites of the Cardamom Buttermilk Panna Cotta withToasted Cornbread, Blueberry and Tarragon was put together really well and tasty.
356 W 58th St
New York, NY 10019
Time Out New York’s “Battle of the Burger,” presented by Amstel Light
I was fortunate enough to be able to hit the pre-party for some Amstel Lights and a pre-opening speech from Richard Blais. Trust me when I tell you this guy loves Burgers. Once the party started though around 700 people jammed into the Beer Hall and Outdoor patio at Hudson Common hungry for Burgers and Amstel Light. I absolutely loved the space and thought it was perfect for the event.
Unfortunately I was only able to stay at the event for about 30 minutes so I wasn’t able to try every Burger at the event. Each person who attended was given a wooden chip that they could use to vote for their favorite of the selected Burgers. Here are the winners and some Burger Porn from the ones I got to eat.
1st place: Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue
Maialino Late Night Burger – Pat Lafrieda Beef with House Made Pancetta, Gorgonzola, Rosemary Brioche Bun, Mustard Seeds
2nd place: Jeepney
201 1st Avenue
Chori Burger – Angus Beef ‘n’ Sweet Cured Pork Longanisa With Banana Ketchup, Atchara (Pickled Carrots, Cucumber, and Jicama)
3rd place: Hudson Common
536 W 58th Street
Common Burger – Brioche Bun, Custom Short Rib, Brisket & Chuck Ground Beef Blend, Common Sauce, Velveeta Cheese & Pickles
Bills Bar & Burger
85 West Street
Bills Burger – Classic Pat Lafrieda Beef Burger with Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle & Special Sauce on a Toasted Sesame Seed Bun.
339 9th Street
Double Grass-Fed Beef Patty, American Cheese, Shredded Lettuce, Tomato, Diced Onion, Pickle, Mustard & Mayo
113 Macdougal St
Minetta Tavern Black Label Burger – Brisket, Dry Aged Sirloin and Chuck Proprietary Prime Beef Blend, Caramelized Onions, Housemade Pickle & Seeded Brioche Bun.
The rest of the Burgers looked great but I did not get a chance to eat them.
57-24 Roosevelt Avenue
119 West 56th Street
915 3rd Avenue
331 W 4th Street
160 Havemeyer Street
It was a great event and I can’t wait for the 2014 “Battle of the Burger” to happen.
Thanks to Edelman Consumer Brands, Amstel Light and Tasting Table for the hospitality.
THE BURGER COUNTQUEST
August 21, 2013