There is nothing like a good burger, and no city knows this more then NYC. Just recently, Smashburger has put roots down in the city that never sleeps with it’s first location in Manhattan. I have always been a fan of a good burger, however I had never had the pleasure of actually having Smashburger before – that is until this week, where I attended a media preview of Smashburger’s NYC menu.
Located next to the Empire State Building, Smashburger’s 10 West 33rd St. location offers plenty of seating and captures the spirit of the city with the use of local reclaimed brick, as well as soft lighting to highlight and contrast with bright colors and localized art. We were joined by Tom Ryan, Founder & Chief Concept Officer of Smashburger, for a tasting tour of Smashburger’s New York Menu.
In honor of their new location, Tom said that Smashburger wanted to create a burger that really would appeal to the New Yorker – sophisticated, while being extremely flavorful, and so the “New Yorker” was born. The New Yorker can be prepared as either a Smashburger or Smashchicken and features NY cheddar, garlic grilled onions, spinach, tomato, and peppercorn garlic aoili on a brioche bun. I loved it, I found it sort of creamy and decadent – I know, bizarre words to describe a burger- but it was really, really tasty!
I also tried a Classic Smash – after which I totally understood why Smashburger has grown by leaps and bounds since it was founded back in 2007 – it really is delicious. Also on our tasting menu was the Bacon Cheeseburger, Truffle Mushroom Swiss Burger, Avocado Ranch Veggie Black Bean, Spinach, Cucumber and Goat Cheese burger, and the Avocado Club, as well as Smashfries, Sweet Potato Fries, Haystack Onions, and Veggie Frites. And it wouldn’t be a Smashburger tasting without those Hand-Spun Shakes, we tried Chocolate Oreo and Salted Caramel. I know I was full to bursting when our tasting was over, haha!
I really wanted to pick favorites with the Smashburger menu, I mean, you can’t do everything right can you? Apparently you can. I freakin’ loved everything that I tried – and although I haven’t tried everything on the menu (I would love to give those salad’s a go!) I think it’s safe to say that you can’t go wrong by stopping in by Smashburger’s Manhattan location! By the way, if you do, do not leave without trying the Veggie Frites and Smashfries – they’re both insanely good. I’m obsessed.