I went through a big burger phase until I saw what it was doing to my waistline, and during that time I had bought a Groupon to Bareburger, a burger place that prides itself on being organic and all-natural. According to the web site, this is the differentiation in those terms: “‘All-natural’ means that the food does not contain artificial additives; this designation is based on the testimony of the provider. ‘Organic’ means that the product comes from at least 90% organic ingredients, while the term ’100% organic’ means that all of the ingredients are organic.” They also list that the meats are primarily local, coming from suppliers in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. And the bison and elk come from Montana. You know I love when I know where my food is coming from! With that said, I love the idea of Bareburger. It has a casual feel, a great craft beer menu, a diversified burger list both in terms of meats and toppings, and I love knowing that the food is in fact organic or all-natural. Some things I really liked, other things were ok. While I’m certainly not going to call it my favorite burger, I would definitely go back.
(Right: Original Bareburger, Left: Jalapeno Express)
Original Bareburger: I figure you always have to start with the original. This came with colby jack, lettuce, tomato, raw red onion and bareburger special sauce and is recommended with beef (so that’s what I got medium). For an original burger though it was average. When I eat a beef burger I want the juice to drip down my face. And that didn’t happen with this. Though definitely cooked medium, there was a certain stiff dryness that perhaps comes with a lean, organic beef burger. With that said, I just wouldn’t order beef here. I think it’s the kind of place where since the point of the burgers is that they be lean, you go for one of the meats that’s traditionally lean to begin with.
Jalapeno Express: This burger comes with pepperjack, romaine lettuce, tomato, raw red onion, jalapeno relish, and horseradish mayo and chipotle ketchup, recommended with elk. The flavors on this burger are fantastic. I’m still thinking about the jalapeno relish, which was legitimately spicy and really delicious. The elk burger was good too. Though it also was lacking in juiciness, all of the other flavors on this burger compensated for that, and I really liked the texture of the elk. I highly recommend getting this burger or one of the more flavor-heavy options because that’s what Bareburger does well.
Rings and Fries Bareburger Combo: This is a big basket of onion rings and fries served with 4 dipping sauces: peppercorn steak sauce, curry ketchup, spicy chipotle mayo, and Bareburger special sauce. The fries here are amazing. The cut of fry, and I think the oil they are cooked in, make them some of my favorite fries around. The dipping sauces are also really great with the curry ketchup being one of the best flavor concoctions. I couldn’t stop eating it. The spicy chipotle mayo and the Bareburger special sauce were similar in nature, and I couldn’t tell which was which, but both were good. The steak sauce was standard. While I kind of liked the onion rings after heavily salting them, there was too much breading in proportion to the onion. My friend and I concluded they were just sort of a waste of calories. Stick to the fries and heavily consume that curry ketchup.
Bareburger: 535 Laguardia Pl. New York, NY ($)
3 other current locations in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan; 4 other locations coming soon