Friday 16 September 2011

Cafe D'Alsace, NYC

Research plays an important part of a holiday and mine consisted mainly of reading burger review sites. After finding this seriouseats list and realising i was staying only a few blocks away from a #1 rated burger spot, it looked very much like fate made this happen. 

I should have booked a table as this place was bustling and our group of four had to endure sampling some delicious wines by the bar for 25mins or so. There's a nice vibe in this restaurant, like many good places in Manhattan. The decor is trying hard to replicate the ambiance of a European cafe or bistro, they've done a good job, the lighting is nice and the bar looks great. They have a pretty fantastic wine menu here and the walls proudly display some wine selection awards. I think its the wine that attracts a lot of its guests. 

The four of us all ordered medium rare burgers and they came after a little wait. At 10 oz, the patty is on the large side for a European eater, but it wasn't ridiculous either, plus i'm very greedy. The bun was tasty & soft, toasted on the insides and possibly made with a little rye flour. The patty came topped with caramelised Riesling-soaked onions & French (Alsation, even) Munster cheese, no condiments. What a treat of a burger. Perfectly cooked medium rare, really charred on the outsides. Delicious, juicy, of light density, awesome. I managed to get a few burgers in during this long weekend trip to NYC in March this year, and this was by far the best. Excellent work chaps.

Burger D'Alsace - 10oz of fresh Sirloin with caramelized onions & choice of Gruyere, Alsation munster, or cheddar cheers $14 Served with fries.

NEW YORK, NY 10128 (near 88th Street)

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