madison square garden: daily burger

Madison Square Garden has been undergoing major renovations within the past two years. It’s still a work in progress but a lot has changed. One of the changes includes several new dining options. In addition to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s (Jean Georges, ABC Kitchen) Simply Chicken and Andrew Carmellini’s (Locanda Verde) Sausage Boss, is Drew Nieporent’s (Nobu) Daily Burgers.

The Daily Burger is located on the 200 level concourse. The burgers are served on English muffins with optional American cheese and bacon-onion jam. The regular Daily Burger will run at $8.65 while the Daily Cheese Burger with the jam will cost you $9.95.

I was pretty excited to try these since most stadium burgers aren’t anything this ambitious. Also, my friend who came with me to the game said they were awesome. My expectations were high, but they were quickly exceeded. I was in shock when I noticed that the burger was cooked to a perfect medium-rare! They never asked me how I wanted it cooked, as the “assembly line” was cooking these burgers one after the other; we received our burgers within a minute or two after ordering. More importantly, this was one delicious burger.

The Daily Burger also has great non-typical stadium beers on tap. They have local favorites Brooklyn Lager, Sixpoint Sweet Action, and Sixpoint Bengali Tiger on tap!

The burger may have cost $9.95, but for a tasty stadium burger with perfect execution, I’ll pay that $9.95 every time I come up here.

Let’s go Rangers!

Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10001

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two8two burger – two8two burger

Another stop on my Brooklyn trip last week was two8two Burger in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. I came across this place when I was looking for a restaurant that had burgers and craft beer which was pretty close to my friend’s apartment.

The menu offers seven different kinds of burgers, including a turkey and veggie option. Being my first time there, I went for the burger at the top of the list, the two8two Burger. The two8two Burger comes topped with cheddar, roasted poblano peppers, two8two sauce, lettuce, tomato, and red onions and is served on a potato roll.

I asked for it medium rare, though I was not asked how I wanted it cooked. Perhaps, they cook all their burgers to medium? The burger was messy, as the patty even broke apart during consumption. Despite that, the flavors were good and I enjoyed it. As much as I like burgers on artisanal bread or brioche buns, I think it’s great that two8two decided to but their burgers on potato rolls.

Beer-wise, they’ve got 8 taps of craft beer. Not bad at all. The wait staff should get used to the types of beer being served though, as the waiter gave my friend a weird look when he said he wanted the “weiss” beer.

Thanks for the dining company, Christian and Meg!

two8two Burger
282 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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five leaves – five leaves burger

Last week I met up with a friend for lunch in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at Five Leaves. Her suggestion was not just for the close location to her apartment (she had lots to do), but more because she thought this burger was worth me trying.

The menu offers two burgers, though I opted for their signature burger, the Five Leaves Burger, also the one that Amy recommended. She also got the same. The order was two Five Leaves Burgers, medium rare, with truffle fries. Yup, you read that correctly. These burgers have the option of coming with truffle fries!

The Five Leaves Burger consists of a grass-fed beef patty, a fried pineapple ring, house pickled beet, harissa mayo, and an organic sunny side up egg. I added sharp cheddar to the burger.

Oh, it certainly was worth me trying. The beef was cooked to perfection. Each bite was juicy and had a balance of sweet and savory. I never would have thought to put a pineapple on a burger, but it totally works here. I’m not entirely sure if the beet affected anything, but it didn’t bother me. I patted myself on the back for the addition of the sharp cheddar. This was the tastiest cheddar I’ve ever had on a burger. Every bite had a taste of the melted sharp cheddar. The egg was also nice and runny, the way it should be on a burger. The truffle fries that accompanied the burger were delicious as well!

I would very much like to come back to Five Leaves again in the future (Amy are you reading this??). The Five Leaves Burger is definitely one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.

Go out and try it!

Five Leaves
18 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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hill country chicken

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll recall my visit to Hill Country. Since that visit, the same guys opened up Hill Country Chicken in Flatiron. I joined a couple friends for lunch there a couple weeks ago.

They offer two different kinds of fried chicken, Hill Country Classic or Mama Els’ Recipe. Classic is just how you’d expect and the Mama Els is fried chicken without the skin. I know that fried chicken without the skin sounds crazy. I definitely did.

classic in the foreground, mama els in the background

maker's mark bourbon pecan pie

I ordered a thigh of each kind. The classic was delicious with crispy, tasty skin and a juicy inside. The Mama Els was surprisingly great. It was so full of flavor that it didn’t even need the skin. Of course, I’ll probably choose the classic if I had to pick one though. In addition to the chicken, I got to try some of the pecan pie my friend got. Quite delicious as well. Did I mention that there was Maker’s Mark in it?

Hill Country Chicken
1123 Broadway
New York, NY 10010

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fette sau

After a small batch tour and several beers at the Brooklyn Brewery, I went over to Fette Sau for a super indulgent, but downright delicious dinner.

Fette Sau is one of those BBQ joints where you order your food by the pound. Fueled by lots of Brooklyn beer, I chose well for my party of four. We got pork belly, sausage, beef brisket, boneless ribs, a side of German potato salad, and a side of burnt end baked beans.

This dinner was fantastic. Everything was delicious but the standouts were definitely the pork belly and the baked beans. The pork belly was tender, juicy, and served in slices about a 1/4″ thick! The burnt end baked beans were easily the best baked beans I’ve ever had. It’s honestly just one of those things that you’re just going to have to try to believe me.

You can also order beer in large quantities too. We had one gallon (yup, a gallon) of Sixpoint Vienna Pale to wash everything down.

I did absolutely nothing after dinner because the deep, deep food coma I was in but oh, was it worth it though. Definitely looking forward to coming back!

Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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