Bare it All
Don’t get me wrong. I love BBQ. A good pulled pork sandwich or some baby back ribs that fall off the bone are hard to beat, but in my opinion, a great burger can blow those away.
I eat burgers a lot. To be honest, I eat burgers entirely too much. I’ll go through phases when I avoid eating red meat, especially ground beef, but a good burger always pulls me back in. I’ve had burgers in nearly every country I’ve ever visited, including France, Switzerland, South Africa, and Aruba. Some were great. Others were terrible.
So when I had a burger from Bareburger in New York City, I feel like I had enough experience to know what to compare it to.
Bareburger has a few different locations in Manhattan. Nicole ordered a burger to go on a previous visit to New York and I knew I wanted to try it if we ever got the opportunity to return. Staying in Chelsea on a recent trip gave us the chance to go back to the same Bareburger location we’d visited the first time.
With this being my first visit, I decided to take a more traditional approach. I ordered the “Original” beef burger on brioche, which came with Colby cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, raw red onions, and Bareburger “special” sauce. I also added some ketchup and mustard once it was served.
I rambled on in the beginning of this post to try to provide some context about all the burgers I’ve tried, because I’m not exaggerating when I say this one at Bareburger was one of the BEST I’ve ever had.
The beef tasted incredibly fresh while being well-seasoned and it was cooked absolutely perfectly. It was juicy but not overly greasy and the texture of the meat was excellent. I could really tell the difference between the quality of the meat being used at Bareburger compared to what you might get at a typical chain restaurant.
Along with the beef, the other toppings also tasted great and the Bareburger special sauce was a perfect complement. It reminded me of a Thousand Island, Big Mac Special Sauce kind-of spread but it was much lighter and the flavor didn’t overpower any of the other ingredients at all.
Also, having a burger on fresh brioche…ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?! Where has this idea been all my life? All other types of sandwich bread are now dead to me. The brioche at Bareburger was so good it was ridiculous.
When I travel, I typically try a ton of different restaurants and I’m fortunate to eat at some pretty awesome places. But it’s rare that I eat somewhere that makes me jealous they don’t have a location where I live. Bareburger is now on that short list of places.
Ironically, it’s probably a good thing there isn’t one in Roanoke. As much as I like burgers, it’d be tough to eat anywhere else.
153 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
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