My dear friend Hungry has a special birthday tradition of taking herself out for a lunch treat. This year, she chose Minetta Tavern to check out the hoopla surrounding their famed Black Label burger, and invited TC and I to join her. Would burger nirvana be reached?
A celebratory occasion calls for a celebratory drink! I chose the Gin Blossom, made with Plymouth gin, St. Germaine liqueur, aperol and fresh grapefruit juice. It was just that shade slightly too bitter for my taste, but refreshing nonetheless. Also, I really don’t like Plymouth gin – something about their combination of botanicals doesn’t sit well with my tongue. I’d totally drink this made with Bombay Sapphire, though (my gin of choice).
But you’re here to find out about the burger. It arrived fairly quickly – mine ordered medium rare – and hot, juicy.
It was cooked to my specifications, and it looked glorious. However… at $26 for the burger… I must say, it was tasty. BUT. And this is a huge BUT. It wasn’t super flavorful on its own; I requested mayo (my preferred burger condiment) to add to my burger after I’d taken a few bites, because it was missing something. Not enough salt/seasoning, perhaps? It just didn’t do it for me. I noted to my dining companions that while this was definitely a very good burger, it wasn’t twice as tasty as Brindle Room‘s burger though it was twice as expensive. So… yes, it’s a great burger. But for $26, I want it to be perfect and arrive at my table so good, I inhale it without thinking twice and without having to do a single thing to it.
Yvo says: Sure, it’s a good thing to experience at least once – if you love burgers the way I do – but I don’t think it’s necessarily “oh my god, you have to go get one or you’re totally missing out!” And it really isn’t burger nirvana at all. Or even close. Sorry to be the one to tell you…
it’s a good burger, but not the best in NYC