5 Napkin Burger has been a bit of a looming presence in my life. With four locations throughout New York City (plus more in Westchester, Boston, and Miami), the restaurant has popped up on many of my walks around the city. And each and every time, I would see the red awning and think, “Man, I still have to try that place.” Again and again, I made the same mental note. Was I ever going to listen to myself?! What finally got me over there was that I was working an event at the quite beautiful Beacon Theatre, and my friends and I wanted somewhere to hang out afterwards. The location I went to was super closeby and open until midnight, so we had a winner.
Besides being open late, it seems like there are always deals going on at 5 Napkin Burger, whether it’s for sliders during lunch or a late night happy hour. Even though we went at the right time, we didn’t do the latter because you had to be sitting at the bar, which was packed at the time, but it does seem like a great deal–$2 sliders, 50 cent wings, and $2 hand rolls…all in all, perfect for late night cravings!
There is quite the assortment of food at 5 Napkin, but let me start with the burgers, because, of course. These probably cost more than you’re used to, with prices hovering around $15 each. They’re all served with hand cut fries, and these are the options:
- Original 5 Napkin Burger: ground beef, gruyere, caramelized onions, and rosemary aioli on a soft white roll
- B.B.L.T.: ground beef, cider braised bacon, lettuce, roasted tomato, and spicy mayo on a sesame brioche roll
- Avocado Ranch: ground beef, pepperjack, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and ranch on a sesame brioche roll
- Onion Blue: ground beef, blue cheese, caramelized onions, and crispy shallots on a sesame brioche roll
- Asiago Turkey: ground turkey, asiago cheese, roasted tomato, cherry pepper relish, arugula, and pesto mayo on a sesame brioche roll
- Lamb Kofta: lamb and beef ground with onions, garlic, spices, tomato, cucumber, pepper and onion relish, and tahini sauce on a soft white roll
- Veggie: 5n sauce, pickles, lettuce, and tomato on a multi-grain roll
I myself opted for the Onion Blue, but that original burger was a close second. As you can see from the picture, the burger plus the fries ends up being a hefty meal.
Because a hefty meal isn’t going to stop me from getting dessert, what’s the next logical thing to turn to after burgers? Shakes! 5 Napkin Burger has a variety of these as well to complete the American diner feel, including salted caramel, s’mores, and black and white malted. (The picture is the salted caramel, which I really enjoyed.)
While “burger” is in the chain name, there are so many other things you can get here. So. so. many. This is like a Chili’s situation where you eat there because you know there’s bound to be at least one thing that everyone will like so everyone is happy. Wings, soup, salads, SUSHI (I’m not kidding), tacos, sandwiches, entrees like steak frites and teriyaki salmon…I think the only thing they don’t have is pizza, so tough luck there! They even have a whole slew of beverages from cocktails to wine to beer to ciders. Like I said, something for everyone.
Maybe it took me over a year to try 5 Napkin, but when I finally did, I came back again the next night (after working another event at the Beacon). That makes up for it, right?
Onion blue burger, salted caramel milkshake
New York, NY 10024