Have you ever had a burger with lamb? What about with wild boar? Elk? Well at Bareburger, those are just SOME of the options alongside more traditional ones like beef, turkey, and grilled chicken; vegetarian choices like black bean patty, quinoa veggie patty, and portabella mushroom; and twists on classics like panko crusted chicken tenders, buttermilk fried chicken, and jerk chicken. Yeah. Making a burger here is fun.

IMG_2832Bareburger has been consistently ranked in Zagat’s top 10 burgers in NYC from 2011 to 2014 and Michelin recommended for all those years as well. It was founded on the idea of a healthier, natural burger, made from organic ingredients, with no pesticides, GMOs, growth hormones, or antibiotics. Even their restaurants are better for the planet since their tables are built from reclaimed wood, the booths are made from recycled material, and the ceilings are paneled with siding from deconstructed barns.

There are salads, sandwiches, snacks, sides, and dips on the menu, but of course, the burgers are where it’s at. You can either either create your own burger from scratch, or choose from one of their 15 styles. There’s the Supreme, which comes with colby jack, bacon, fries, onion rings, lettuce, and special sauce. There’s the Mediterranean, which comes with lettuce, cucumbers, red onions, peppers, and cucumber mint yogurt. There’s the Maui Wowie, which comes with smoked mozzarella, turkey bacon, grilled pineapple, fried onions, pepper, and ranch. There’s something that’ll make you happy.

As mentioned before, you get to pick your protein from a plethora of options and also what kind of bread you want (brioche bun, multi-grain roll, 12 grain whole wheat wrap, green leaf lettuce bed, tapioca rice bun). Each style on the menu has a suggestion for what type of patty you should get, but totally feel free to break the rules.IMG_2837

I got the Big Blue Bacon style burger (blue cheese crumbles, country bacon, fried onions, sauteed mushrooms, smokehouse sauce, bacon marmalade) with the recommended elk because who knows when that opportunity would come around again!

The burger was cooked medium just like I requested, super juicy, and piled high with those scrumptious toppings. I have to say…I am a fan of elk! I didn’t get fries or any sides because I had the feeling that the burger was going to be extra filling and I was right. While the prices may be a little higher than you’re used to for burgers, you’re totally getting what you pay for in terms of taste, uniqueness, and quality of ingredients. I would definitely want to come back and try that wild boar sometime!

Big Blue Bacon burger with elk

1370 1st Ave
New York, NY 10021

(multiple locations)

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