Fried eggs and bacon just aren’t cutting it as burger toppings anymore, so patty slingers are letting their imaginations run wild. Glazed doughnuts? Fried mac and cheese? Ramen? Those are a few of the oddball ingredients crowning New York City’s weirdest burgers.
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The joint:Sun Noodle at Smorgasburg
The bizarro twist: Fried ramen
Last week, crowds lined up for the city's latest outré creation: Keizo Shimamoto's head-scratching Ramen Burger, a shoyu-glazed beef patty tucked inside two pan-fried ramen “buns” with arugula and scallions.
The bizarro twist: Peanut butter and bacon
This East Village spot is best known for its Juicy Lucy—a Midwestern specialty featuring oozing cheese in its core—but it’s the PB&B Burger that makes us cock an eyebrow.
The joint:Burger Bistro
The bizarro twist: Glazed doughnut
As if a cheeseburger topped with a fried egg and crumbled bacon weren’t gout-baiting enough, this gut-busting combo also features doughnut halves in place of a bun.
The joint:GO Burger
The bizarro twist: Macaroni and cheese
Like a elementary-schooler’s wildest dream, a massive disc of fried cheesy macaroni crowns a beef patty covered in caramelized onions for the Mac and Cheeseburger.
The joint:Korzo Haus
The bizarro twist: Pork neck, sauerkraut, caraway seeds, juniper berries, Slovakian cheese and a fried dough shell
Building on its signature deep-fried burgers, the Slav takes an already outlandish technique over the top with a laundry list of Euro fixins.
The joint:Serendipity 3
The bizarro twist: Black caviar, cucumber slices and sour cream
Leave it to an eatery on the hoity-toity Upper East Side to slather the apex of luxe ingredients, caviar—albeit not likely the top-shelf stuff—onto the humble burger.
Empire Steak House – West
For the classic New York steakhouse experience, look no further than Empire Steak House. Start with an hors d'oeuvre like jumbo shrimp cocktail ($21.95), a Maryland crab cake ($18.95) and French onion soup ($8.95). Carnivores might have a hard time deciding on a main course, though—choices include a Kobe burger ($28.95), dry-aged emperor’s steak for two ($129.95) or a twelve-ounce Wagyu steak ($275). Chilean sea bass ($35.95) and spaghetti with lobster ($36.95) might tempt seafood lovers, too. There are plenty of steakhouse sides to go with your meat, like truffled mac and cheese ($15.95), creamed spinach ($10.95) and a jumbo baked potato ($6.95). If you somehow still have room for sweets, the dessert menu is also quite extensive, with treats like apple strudel a la mode ($13.95), chocolate lava cake ($10.95) and creme brulee ($9.95).
Venue says: “USDA Prime Dry–Aged Porterhouse steak, exceptional seafood, and 400 plus wine list, in a beautiful surrounding with exceptional service”
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