Second Annual Burger Week Hits NYC
From May 1st to May 7th, attend 7 Days of burger tastings and events citywide; Downtown Manhattan to host three events
“Meat” some of the best burgers in New York City during Burger Week, brought to you by the Food Film Festival, and Burger Conquest, one of the top burger blogs in the country. Each burger tasting and pairing event costs somewhere between $30 and $70, and some of the events, like the Guns N’ Roses burger pairing dinner at Idle Hands at East 3rd Street and Avenue B, are already sold out.
The week of beef kicks off at Idle Hands, with a rockin’ event put on by That Burger. Chef Dan Petersen will be serving up the Guns N’ Roses-themed mini-burgers, named after tracks on “Appetite for Destruction.” For $35, guests can sample “Welcome to (That) Burger” (sauteed onions, jalapenos, american cheese), “Out to Eat Me” (bacon, bourbon ketchup, blue cheese), “Paradise Burger” (lettuce, guacamole, red island sauce, cheddar cheese) and “Sweet Burger O’ Mine” (sauteed pineapple with teriyaki sauce, honey ham, cheddar cheese).
“Twelve songs, six beers, four different burgers, tater tots and a lot of bourbon ketchup,” is how “The Rev” described the headbangin’ hamburger event.
Burger Week started with David “Rev” Ciancio, who came up with the idea while working for another company. Rev has been creating events for National Hamburger Month for five years now, though this is the first year Hamburger Week is officially being branded.
When he first started out in the food industry, he wrote a cheesesteak blog, then a steak blog and finally found his hamburger calling.
“When I eat a burger I’m looking for that snap, that popping, savory moment, that’s what I crave,” said Rev. “I’m not eating burgers for health reason, so give me the greasiest kind.”
Other events this year involve the “burger crawl” in Murray Hill, where customers will go to 10 different locations, and get loaded up with beer and mini burgers.
Rev’s event is a “three b’s” festiva l- “Beer, Burgers and Bowling” at Bowlmor in Times Square, where he will serve up a gourmet pickle tasting, gourmet cheese tasting, and his favorite burgers including “The Rev’s Hot Hog and Honey” with Jarlsberg cheese, honey, bacon and hot sauce.
Another noteworthy event downtown is the Bourbon and Burger event at the brand new Harding’s at East 21st and Park Avenue, where Chef Ariel Fox will be making her house burger—an 8 ounce juicy creation blended with skirt steak, chuck and short rib, topped with a thick slice of classic melted American. The burger mounted on a challah bun, and topped with housemade pickles.
“We could have gone complicated but we thought, what if we could do a really good cheeseburger? Mine is more a grilled cheeseburger—very cheesy,” said Chef Ariel Fox. “The burger for a long time was something chefs didn’t want to put on their menus, but every chef, no matter where, has that burger on their menu.”
The tempting sandwich is paired with a bourbon tasting, and a bourbon cocktail lesson where head bartender Trevor Schneider teaches each patron how to make a Harding smash, a twist on a bourbon lemonade, made with Larceny bourbon, spearmint leaves, pressed lemon wedges, lemon juice and simple syrup.
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