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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northern spy food co.

I brunched with a couple friends not too long ago at Northern Spy Food Co. This East Village restaurant’s menu focuses on local and seasonal ingredients. The space isn’t the largest, but it sure was nice and cozy on that Sunday afternoon.

Coffees, waters, and a blueberry mimosa were the drinks ordered by the table. To start the meal, we all split an order of their buttermilk biscuits. These were delicious. They came to the table still warm and were some of the best biscuits I’ve ever had.

slow-whisked scrambled eggs

A friend ordered the slow whisked scrambled eggs which came with Heritage bacon and pan bread. Another ordered the sausage, egg & cheese sandwich which used gruyere and a fennel-sage sausage. I went with the chicken & egg sandwich which had a crispy chicken thigh, a poached egg, and chimichurri sauce.

chicken & egg sandwich

Definitely enjoyed everything I had for brunch. After having the biscuits on their own, I’ve gotta order their biscuits and gravy next time!

Northern Spy Food Co.
511 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10009

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peter pan donut & pastry shop

One morning in Brooklyn I made the trip up to Greenpoint to visit Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop. The decision to come here that morning was made easy due to several recommendations from others.

Not having the largest appetite that morning, I ordered two donuts, one red velvet and one honey dip. The honey dip was similar to a glazed donut and the red velvet was a cake donut. Both were tasty and in addition to my iced coffee, it started my day off on the right foot.

red velvet and honey dip donuts

I wish I took note of what others have told me. I’m pretty sure there was something special here besides the donuts that I should have tried. Oh well, there’s always next time.

Ever have these donuts? What do you think?

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
727 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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