harlem shake – harlem classic


Name: Harlem Classic
Location: Harlem Shake, 100 W 124th St,
New York, NY 10027 (two locations in NYC)
Protein: two smashed & grilled patties, beef blend from La Frieda
Bun: Potato
Toppings: yellow American cheese, pickles, onions, secret sauce
Added (free) Toppings: Shredded lettuce, tomato
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: Hand cut fries & fountain soda (These came with the Dimepiece lunch combo. Nothing comes with the burger on it’s own.)
Price: $10.10 (Dimepiece lunch combo); $7.00 (Harlem Classic burger)


Notes, etc.:
The Harlem Classic is my new favorite, fast food style burger (sorry Shake Shack!). The smashed patties are held long enough on the griddle to achieve an incredible, tasty crust while still being juicy on the inside. The cheese is sandwiched between the two beef patties while the toppings are placed between the bottom bun and bottom patty. The toasted potato bun held well to the juiciness of the burger and there was very little topping and sauce loss during consumption.

The hand cut fries were all perfectly crispy and nicely seasoned.

The Dimepiece lunch special is offered Monday through Friday, from 11 am to 4 pm and is $10.10 for a Harlem Classic or fried chicken sandwich, fries or slaw, and fountain soda or a bottle of water.

Harlem Shake is conveniently located a block away from the 125th Street subway station on the 2/3 lines. Definitely check this place out if you’re wanting a burger in the area!

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whitmans – juicy lucy

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Name: Juicy Lucy
Location: Whitmans, 406 E 9th St,
New York, NY 10009 (multiple locations in NYC)
Protein: 8 oz. stuffed, beef short rib blend from La Frieda
Bun: Sesame
Toppings: Pimento cheese (stuffed inside the beef), bibb lettuce, tomatoes, spicy pickles, caramelized onions, secret sauce
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: Nothing (Fries are $5 extra)
Price: $12

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Notes, etc.:
The burger is made to order and arrived medium-rare. There’s a lot of great flavors in this burger. I’ve never had a burger with pimento on it and it was quite good. The mess factor is high with the oozing cheese and juicy meat, but the bun does it job and supports you till the very end.

A side of fries is $5 extra, but they’re crispy, seasoned well, and delicious.

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craft – craft burger


Name: Craft Burger
Location: Craft, 43 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003
Protein: 8 oz (my guess) beef patty
Bun: Brioche
Toppings: Smoked gouda, caramelized onions, pickles
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: Fries, ketchup, mustard
Price: $29/person restaurant week lunch


Notes, etc.: The Craft Burger was cooked perfectly medium-rare. The toasting of the brioche bun gave it the strength it needed to withstand the juiciness of the burger. Sweet, caramelized onions were tucked under the melted, generous amount of smoked gouda. A couple sweet pickle chips topped the gouda. The accompanying fries were plentiful and good.
I unfortunately can’t verify whether or not this burger is available on Craft’s regular lunch menu.

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schnippers – the big schnipp

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Name: The Big Schnipp
Location: Schnippers, 23 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010 (multiple locations in NYC)
Protein: 2, 5 oz. Creekstone Farms beef patties
Bun: Brioche
Toppings: American cheese, lettuce, plum tomatoes, pickles, red onion, Schnippers sauce
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: Nothing (Fries are $2.99 extra)
Price: $10.99

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Notes, etc.:
The burger was cooked to my liking at medium-rare (I guess it was more on the medium side though) and was very juicy, messy, and tasty. The brioche bun was toasted and surprisingly held together throughout consumption.

At $2.99 extra, you get seasoned and satisfactory shoestring fries. I could probably go without them next time.

Schnippers serves a great fast food style burger. If you get sad from the crazy long line at Shake Shack, keep heading down 23rd to get your burger fix.

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upland – upland cheeseburger

upland cheeseburger
Name: Upland Cheeseburger
Location: Upland, 345 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010
Protein: 2, 4 oz. grass-fed La Frieda beef patties
Bun: Orwasher’s Seeded Bun
Toppings: American cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato, peppadew peppers, avocado
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: Fries, pickle & a side of ketchup
Price: $21

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Notes, etc.:
The thin patties are cooked to around medium. The savoriness of the cheese, beef, and peppers go well with the smoothness & butteriness of the very healthy portion of avocado. The Orwasher’s seeded bun held up to the juiciness until the very last 2-3 bites, where it finally started to split, though I was able to avoid any burger insides spilling onto my plate. The bun had a firm exterior, with a light, airy interior. The tasty accompanying shoestring fries were salted, crispy, and served in a perfect portion.

Keep in mind, the burger is only available on the lunch menu. It is a little on the pricey side, but it you won’t be disappointed!

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