By Dane Feldman
Photo by Dane Feldman.
It’s almost by accident that every time I meet up for lunch with my friend Dave, we just so happen to go out for burgers. I’d like to think of it as more of a blessing in disguise because, at this point, I’ve deemed it a bit of a quest for the best burger in the New York metropolitan area. This week, I got a bit closer to the holy grail when Dave and I met up at brgr on 7th Ave here in NYC.
brgr prides itself on serving 100% grass-fed beef, which automatically means a thumbs up from me. I ordered the Fresh Morning which came with a beef patty, American cheese, 1 fried egg, grilled onions, and brgr’s special sauce. I asked for it without lettuce and tomato, which it also comes with, because I generally feel like those two ingredients hinder my ability to eat neatly. I get enough veggies in elsewhere, so I usually just opt out when it comes to cheeseburgers.
The burger was $8.70, which is a great price in NYC. I also ordered fresh, naturally cut french fries as well as a fountain drink. The fries were delicious and not as thick as most naturally cut fries– more bonus points. I don’t like them to be too thick like steak fries. It’s just too much potato when I’m also eating a burger.
The most important part, though, is the burger itself. The Fresh Morning was delicious and I really can’t pinpoint a single thing I would change. I opted for the whole wheat bun, which had a nice and slightly sweet taste. The meat itself was thick and juicy (I even got to choose how I wanted it cooked, which seems rare for places where you order at the register). I usually don’t go for egg on my burger, but I’m glad I did. It was cooked nearly perfectly and went well with the grilled onions and whole wheat bun.
brgr offers a small beer selection, but since this was a weekday lunch I just got a fountain soda. The fact that they do free refills on fountain drinks is just another reason to tout brgr. For the prices in NYC, it’s nice to know they’re making the blow to my wallet a little less painful.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that, even though I ordered and paid at the register, the food was brought out to the table. It is a nice touch that eliminates the possibility of having a large number of patrons crowding around the bussing area during busier hours. All the waiters and waitresses I came in contact with were friendly and knowledgable.
All in all, I’d say my burger was one of the best I’ve had to date. I will be returning to brgr, but I will also be continuing in my quest to find the best burger out there.