Since before the wedding, I have been promising my buddy Nick we would go grab a burger at Minetta. That didn’t happened, so I rescheduled for after the wedding, and that also didn’t happen. Instead last night we went to Saxon + Parole to try their burger. Being that we were looking to do some damage, I brought my brother-in-law Eddie as he is my consigliere to all things fat.
The night started off with some ball breaking, catching up, followed by the ritual of abuse for me wearing a Patagonia vest, and telling stories that should never be repeated in front of the wives or girlfriends. Sometime during all of this, we ate and drank.
I have always wanted to goto S+P but every time I had a reservation, something came up. My obsession with PUBLIC and The Daily only made that feeling of urgency to go even stronger. Also, there was the time that we chose Balthazar over S+P, which I still have not let myself live down. For last night’s purposes, it worked out to be a great night as we were all looking for a good burger, and some bone marrow.
To drink I ordered a Boont Amber by California based Anderson Valley Brewing Company. This beer had so much flavor it made the Pacifico I drank earlier that day seem like a Coors Light. This was a great coopery colored ale, with well balances sweetness and bit of a hoppy bitterness. Excellent beer, try it out if you see it on a beer menu.
To start we had a Seafood Tower, and one order of Bone Marrow – which quickly turned into two orders of Bone Marrow. Tower came with clams, mussels, shrimp and their razor-clam egg salad, for $45.00 this is a great way to start the meal. The Bone Marrow on the other hand was my favorite, possibly as great as Minetta Tavern and Toro. So good, that the fat bastard Eddie was using his fingers to scrape up whatever was left in the bone like a fiend with some powder. I could have easily ordered a few more of these, however I was overruled – probably a good thing since my gut was popping out of my Charles Tyrwhitt slim-fit shirt. Not even the Patagonia Vest could hold it back.
Now, to the main event. The whole reason we went out was to go for burgers, and although they had a ribeye special that sounded awesome, we had to go with their dry aged burger. The burger is not only perfectly dry aged, but served with Havarti cheese from Pennsylvania, maple bacon, and a fried egg. This burger is held in high regard in the Burger Community, always falls in the ‘Top Burger’ lists from all the various outlets. I have to say, this was the perfect burger. We ordered this medium-rare, as anything else would be a mortal sin. It was cooked to perfection, with a sunny side up egg sitting on top. I put some of the spicy ketchup on bun, placed it all together and made sure not to squeeze to tight to loose the yolk. First bite, the best burger I have had in a long, long time. The cheese was great, but the bacon was a whole different experience. It was pretty much candy, if they sold this as a stand alone product they would have a line out the door. This very well could have been the best piece of bacon I have had in the 28 years of living on this planet. All together getting the meat, bun, cheese, bacon, and ketchup was life changing. The below picture is not mine (Thanks Village Voice), I happened to have finished my burger to quick to even attempt a picture of the burger. If you are looking for a great burger, believe the hype and head over to Bowery and Bleecker.