The day before the FBM Holiday Potluck, CT and I had a bunch of errands to run to prepare our place for the festivities, but planned on stopping somewhere for lunch. The burger at Brindle Room has been on our radar for a while now ever since Noah from Law and Food told me it was his favorite burger in NYC. With confirmation from Yvo here, here, and here, we had to check it out and that was a perfect day for it.
After walking in, the first thing we noticed is that the restaurant was tiny! I could almost touch both walls with my arms extended. I’m not sure if they have a regular lunch crowd, but we ended up being the only ones there while we ate.
The only apps were soup or salad, so we decided we really didn’t need anything else besides the burger. It came with fries and pickles, which was more than enough to satisfy our appetite.
Here is the plate in all its glory. The pickles were above the ketchup and quite good.
As you can the burger wasn’t very large; about the size of hockey puck. It comes with cheese and sauteed onions. Usually I would have asked for no onions, but decided to eat it as served for my best judgement.
I ordered my burger medium-rare, but as you can see it came out closer to rare. CT ordered hers medium and it came out closer to well done. So strange that both burgers ended up being under and over cooked, not both under or both over.
Regardless the both burgers were still juicy with the beef as the star. I think it was only lightly seasoned with salt and pepper with nothing added to ground beef mixture. It was a good burger. The best I have ever had or my new NYC favorite? No. Although it was very different from a Shake Shack burger, SS still wins.
However, the fries were excellent. I love that they left the skin on. That’s how I make fries at home (baked, not fried though). They were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside with just the right about of salt. I greedily plowed through my huge portion. Although I like Shake Shack’s crinkle cut fries, the ones at Brindle Room win hands down.
All in all, Brindle Room makes a good burger and great fries. Is it a must have burger? No. But if you are in the East Village and hankering for a burger, check it out.