Well, hey. It's important to stay abreast of trends. I heard good things about Hell's Kitchen's Five Napkin Burger so west it was.
A few notes:
1. The menu is insane, and I don't mean that in a good way. I want to know who's ordering the maki rolls at a burger joint.
2. Really, really, are you serious? $13.95 for a burger?
3. I've never been a fan of brioche-as-burger-bun.
The fries were thin, salty, passable. The meat was tasty but a bit mushy and guilty of slipping from the bun. The cheese completely overwhelmed the burger and it came with no lettuce or tomato, or mayonnaise, a big no-no in my book. Also, I'm not crazy about caramelized onions on burgers. I like them raw, for the crunch factor.
The best part of this overpriced experiment was a side of pickles, the bread and butter kind. They were sweet, salty, and flanked by onions, coriander, and mustard seeds. If you're watching your wallet--or your figure--I'd suggest opting for the side over the entree.
Five Napkin Burger
630 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10036