Archive for February, 2011

Burgerlution Interview: Elevation Burger

In my adventure to discover the evolution of the burger I had to visit a new player in the game. Elevation Burger which I have previously posted about. The staff at Elevation burger is extremely helpful and friendly! I have to say for a restaurant that provides sophisticated food in the fast-casual setting, they are really pushing the bar!

Elevation burger prides themselves on ingredients, and it goes to show that they do matter. They use 100% USDA- certified organic, 100% grass-fed, 100% free-range beef, and it is always 100% ground-on-premises. The burgers are cooked on a Electric Griddle as en effort to be environmentally sustainable. The fries are also cooked in 100% Bertoli olive oil, I witnessed this myself!

The burger is so well priced which is what intrigued me most about Elevation burger. The Elevation burger(double meat, double cheese-real cheddar) is $6.35, add an order of fries to that $2.59. The cost of this healthy burger and fries, is under $10.00 for New York City, that is pretty impressive. This is cheaper than the equivalent at most fast food chains that don’t use fresh ingredients, no less organic beef, and olive oil. And I didn’t even get to the taste of the burgers yet. The burgers are highly customizable if you wish, which includes things like skipping the bun with a lettuce wrap. I tried a simple cheeseburger and boy was it fresh. You can really taste the difference in the meat due to the fact that it is grass-fed, it is also better for you higher amounts of Omega-3′s. The French fries are hard to explain how tasty they are, because of the olive oil, they have a very rich taste. They are not even a little bit greasy, as they are patted down before serving. In addition to all of this, they are freshly made in-front of you, you can see a worker take a potato and make French fries out of them while you pay for your meal.

The restaurant itself has a very bright potential and success with this kind of service and quality food. They use many environmentally efficient items including the electric griddle, other high efficiency appliances, LED and fluorescent lights, and bamboo flooring. I highly enjoyed my interview with Elevation Burger and my experience, I highly recommend you visit it! I hope to be back soon for another burger!

Elevation Burger:

103 W 14th St
(between Avenue Of The Americas & 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10011

(212) 924-4448

 

a well deserved burger

Being that it is restaurant week I decided to treat myself to a well deserved lunch. There is nothing better than saying, "I am going to treat myself today," and getting something you would not normally get. Considering my budget being a college student it's not a normal day when I decide to spend $25 on lunch, however I can justify this by telling myself it is for school. After all eating hamburgers and finding out about how they evolved is my thesis. I had finished work early Friday, and I was in the flatiron area, when I had realized it is restaurant week. What better than to head to the "Ace Hotel" and visit "The Breslin" they do after all have the prix fixe menu option for restaurant week. After making a few phone calls to see if anyone was interested in coming along to lunch (a late one), I headed to The Breslin myself for a well deserved lunch.

Upon arriving to The Breslin, I noticed it was quite busy and I may have to sit at the bar. I checked in with the hostess who suggested doing just that. After getting setup at the bar I was immediately provided a few menus. I was quite surprised when looking at the prix fixe menu when it did not include the lamb burger. Oh well, I knew exactly what I was going to get anyway.

I took a quick glance at the cocktail menu and a few things caught my eye, I decided on the Forbidden Fruit (Apple Brandy, Pimm’s, fresh lemon juice and bitters,topped with ginger beer). This was served in a tall glass with ice and was perfect to sip on while I waited for my burger.

The service when I had arrived was as you would expect for a busy restaurant, however as time went by and more people left, it became more personal. I did wait quite a bit for the burger to come out, however I saw a good 5-10 other burgers come out for people who had come before me. But boy was the burger worth the wait.

The Burger arrived on a wood cutting board, with a steak knife, cumin mayo, and a french fry holder. It was a beautiful sight. I was so ready to dig in but I had to snap some shots for the blog.

After snapping a few pictures, I had to take a bite… A bite well deserved and worth the wait.

The lamb burger was perfectly cooked, medium-rare is the standard for the burger. It is served on a ciabatta, which would be great to absorb the juices, however the burger was juicy yet contained. It was a great experience because I didn't need to consistently clean my hands or face. On the burger there was an onion garnish, a few light pieces for flavor, not overpowering. The lamb burger is about flavor, it is an unexplainable mouth feeling. Normally I am quite the burger purist, enriched white bun and ground beef, I however consider this a real hamburger. 

I highly suggest visiting The Breslin if you are interested in having a lamb burger experience.

The Breslin