Foods You Must Try in NYC

Food.  It’s on my mind pretty much more than anything else throughout my waking (and most likely sleeping) moments.  #thisiswhyimfat

And shocker, Tyler is the same way.  We talk food almost every single day.  New restaurants to try.  Recipes ideas.  Our recent successes and failures in the kitchen.  Current conversation is mostly about our new kitchen toys (sous vide machine), eating ramen in NYC, and wanting to recreate said ramen at home.

And that got me thinking about all the great food I’ve been blessed with consuming (and thus carrying around on my waistline… and arms, legs, and double chin) in and around NYC.

Burgers.  How I love thee.  And apparently NYC loves them too.  Here’s some places you can snag one worth your money…

Minetta Tavern – you’re here for the Black Label Burger.  Yes, it’s almost $30.  Yes, it’s worth it.  My wife Asheley isn’t even a burger fan and she’s all about this burger.  It’s brisket, short rib, skirt steak, and dry-aged ribeye.  Yea…. #legit.  Just be forewarned, you’ll probably need a reservation.  It gets mighty busy up in here.

The Spotted Pig – Chef April Bloomfield’s crazy popular gastropub has an all-star menu, and her burger doesn’t disappoint.  And get ready for a pile of highly addictive shoestring fries.  It’s kinda impossible to stop eating them.

Umami Burger – the first NYC outpost of the popular California chain, Umami Burger serves up my favorite mid-priced burger in the city.  Go for the Truffle Burger.  Trust me.


Shake Shack – a NYC icon, this fast food joint (with many locations) is a must for locals and tourists.  Get the Shack Stack, which is a burger topped  with a cheese-stuffed fried mushroom.  And don’t you dare even try to leave without getting a Concrete, which is made with their super thick, creamy, and rich custard.  Just do yourself a favor and skip the shakes… they are mediocre at best.

Burger Joint – two locations and a cult-like following.  These classic no-frills burgers will definitely hit the spot.

Bareburger – you feeling a bit adventurous?  Wanna try an organic elk, bison, or even ostrich burger?  This is your place.  They have a bunch of locations and the chocolate peanut butter shake is a must.

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