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The Burgerlution at NYCFFF

Last Thursday was the premiere of The Burgerlution at the opening night of the New York City Food Film Festival. What an exhilarating night! Seriously!

The night started with a proclamation from Mayor Bloomberg, naming October 13th Film Festival day. We’re honored! (And Jon’s mom got to share a burger photo op with the mayor!)

Before the film, hamburgers were served in the theater so everyone could taste what they were watching. It made the whole experience so much more fun. So much food and great films. I want to say another huge thank you to all of our friends and family that came out and everyone that made the film possible. You are all so great! And congratulations to the other filmmakers!


Tips for Better Burgers at Home

Recently The Burgerlution met with J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, an executive editor for Serious Eats. He’s a food science genius with a big passion for our favorite food. In the clip below, Kenji gives his tips for starting a great burger in your own kitchen. Follow him on Twitter @TheFoodLab.

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

Coming Soon: Pat Lafrieda iPhone App?

What could be better than the two necessities of New York City? Well this is just that! iPhones and Burgers two things that I for one cannot live without. So what better than a Pat LaFrieda iPhone app coming soon?

As per a little teasing advertisement in Viaggio: a magazine by Mario Batali. The ad was in the most recent issue of the magazine, which is currently only available in any of Mario Batali’s restaurants or Eataly not yet available for digital downloads. What would this app do? An app to place an order for restaurants? Possibly an App with a directory of restaurants serving burgers? A guide to cuts? Perhaps videos on cooking the best burgers? Who knows! But we will simply have to wait to find out… This is pretty exciting and I will just have to keep my eyes open on the App Store.

Follow them on twitter:
Mario Batali:@Mariobatali
Pat LaFrieda:@patlafrieda


Updated! Coming Soon: Go Burger

Update: According to @GoBurgerny the UES location will be opening Mid February! They are currently training new staff. As I mentioned previously I am in talks with the PR firm that handles GoBurger. Hopefully we can be at the opening. We are very excited for this.

Successor to BLT Burger : Go Burger is coming soon to the Upper East Side. The chain part of the BLT family of restaurants has evolved from a food truck to a physical location. The truck began roaming the city spring 2010, after a contest was posted to BLT's website to find the name for the new burger truck. After chef Laurent Tourondel split from current owner Jimmy Haber, as part of the agreement, no future locations were to include the BLT name. The truck took the street in April and May doing tests and providing visitors with free sample burgers. This past summer the Go Burger truck made NY magazine's top 25 food trucks.

Go Burger's menu describes burgers as "Our Creekstone Farms 100% Black Angus beef burgers are a combination of sirloin, short rib, chuck and brisket cut and are served on a soft bun". These burgers sound delish and if they are anything like BLT burger I am sure I will be visiting often. The Go Burger website simply says Coming Soon, however rumors predict January 2011 for the opening. I hope to be invited to a tasting for press when they first open as I was for Elevation Burger.

photos c/o: GoBurger.com

 

Follow the Go Burger Truck: @GoBurger
Follow Go Burger NY (UES): @GoBurgerny

http://www.goburger.com/

http://www.bltrestaurants.com/

 

 

A Friend of Burgerlution!

My great friend, Sumaira Flower Ahmed, has a blog dedicated to her life as a Bostonian, reviewing bars, restaurants, and even places to get a Bikini wax in the city of Boston. Visit her amazing blog Flower: The Converted Bostonian. Although she doesn’t eat hamburgers it is the one food she misses(she may not admit it)! On a recent trip from Boston I took her to The Burger Joint for an experience of this secretive burger haven.

Now go visit her blog!!