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BLT Burger review

Midtown Jimmi Nov 8, 2006 12:04 PM

Went to BLT Burger last night. I thought it was pretty good. But there are a number of reasons why my visit might not be wise to judge the place off of:

1) I went off-hours. I went right at five so the place wasn't packed. Service was attentive. Folks kept coming over to ask how stuff was. So, the service issues during crowded hours were not an issue for me.

2) I ordered the lamb merguez burger. I know, I know, it's not a real burger, but I wasn't in a beef mood. I thought it was tasty. The meat was rare, seasoned nice and peppery on the outside, with the spicy merguez seasoning, surprisingly enough, being conveyed in the yogurt topping. Bun was okay, nothing excellent.

3) I ordered waffle fries; so,I can't tell you what the regular fries were like. These were okay. Seasoned. I would have preferred them crispy, but I like all fries crispy. They were above average, let me say that. Well-cut, not too thick like you get at some places.

4) I like thin milkshakes. I grew up in NY in the 70s and all the coffee shops I went to had thin milkshakes. I can't stand those thick ones you can't sip with a straw; I don't understand the point of them -- why not just stick a straw in a container of Hagn-Daz? Anyway, I had a black and white milkshake at BLT. It was excellent. Probably the best one I've had apart from a Steak n' Shake in Tampa. NY unfortunately has lost their native art of the B&W, especially in coffee shops where they just slop chocolate and vanilla ice cream together. The BLT version was great, and delightfully thin.

So overall, I enjoyed BLT. I would definitely go back for the regular burger and french fries, but as you can see I did not seek out anything that legitimately should be used to gage the restaurant.

Some other bits: on the table they have that yellow paint that Americans like to call mustard, which is to be expected. I really only like mustard with grain (and Coleman's!). The space is very pleasant, and I think a resource in the neighborhood for friends of casual business; for me at least.

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  1. Bob Martinez Nov 8, 2006 01:13 PM

    How much did your meal cost?

    1. Midtown Jimmi Nov 8, 2006 01:32 PM

      $20.59. So certainly not cheapy-cheap. I didn't mind it, but there's cheaper burgers to be had, needless to say. Or, if you're feeling fancy, have the $62 Kobe burger (?!) at BLT. While curious, I can't imagine why anyone would grind up a beautiful piece of meat like that and toss out the texture.

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      1. re: Midtown Jimmi
        Bob Martinez Nov 8, 2006 03:08 PM

        I am trying to think of a reason why I would spend $20 on a burger, fries, and a milkshake. The overwhelming number of posts on this place say that at best the food is OK. There are dozens of places in Manhattan that offer very good burgers - I don't understand the appeal of this place other then it's membership in the BLT empire. It's like paying $10 extra for a shirt because it's got Tommy Hilfiger's name on it. What's next? "BLT Meatloaf?"

        Thanks for taking one for the team. The information you provided is very useful.

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          Lucia Nov 8, 2006 03:18 PM

          Overall, the cost of the burger is similar to that of many bistro burgers or burgers at other sit down restaurants. Mine was very good (similar to Shake Shack, but with a nice crust added), and at $7.50 w/cheese, it seemed reasonable. Fries only $3 more.

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            Bob Martinez Nov 8, 2006 04:58 PM

            "Overall, the cost of the burger is similar to that of many bistro burgers or burgers at other sit down restaurants. Mine was very good (similar to Shake Shack, but with a nice crust added), and at $7.50 w/cheese, it seemed reasonable. Fries only $3 more."

            Hmm. Not exactly comparable. Your burger and fries cost $10.50 but that was for a Shake Shack style smallish burger. If you added the extra patty (@ $3.00) to bring it up to standard size your total would have been $13.50.

            Comparable sized burgers (with cheese and fries) would be Molly's ($9.00), Waterfront Ale House ($12) and Blue Smoke ($12.50). Then there's the cheeseburger and fries at the White Horse, an outrageous bargain at $6.50. So yes, BLT Burger is pushing the edge of the price envelope.

            Again, so far the reviews have been decidedly mixed from the get go. On CH new places usually enjoy a honeymoon period of largely positive reviews before they find their true level. The fact that we're hearing so many negatives from the beginning is ominous. True, new places usually need some time to settle down but after all, they're serving *burgers.* It shouldn't be that hard to get these right.

            What distinguishes them from any other decent burger place other then the fact that it's new?

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              Lucia Nov 8, 2006 05:19 PM

              What distinguished it for me is that I thought it was a very good burger--Shake Shack style like I like--but inside so I can have it in the cold weather. Also, the size is perfect for me. If you're looking for an 8-10 oz. burger, you might want to go elsewhere. The 2 patty burger is actually $14 w/fries, but it does come with bacon. I do think that's a bit expensive, but the examples you point out are bars w/less attentive (read: hovering) servers and dingier decor. I agree w/you that the consistency issues are a shame, but it's worth a try, or a second try for me.

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        lisabnyc Nov 8, 2006 02:19 PM

        I also went to BLT Burger last night, but at 8:30 instead. We had a 30-45 minute wait, but ended up snagging seats at the bar after 30 minutes or so. I got the classic burger with american cheese, onion rings, slaw, and of course, some pbr's, to wash it all down. I enjoyed almost everything, but could barely taste the onion with all the batter piled on top of them.

        Overall, I would recommend this, but honestly, it just seems like a substitute for Shake Shake when it shuts down for the winter.

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        1. re: lisabnyc
          jakew8 Nov 8, 2006 04:41 PM

          I wish it were a substitute for Shake Shack! That's giving it a lot of credit don't you think?

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            lisabnyc Nov 8, 2006 08:41 PM

            Honestly, I've never been too "wowed" by Shake Shake, but I was referring to the style of the burger, which imo, is very similar. (not necessarily the price) And for the Shake Shake fans that miss it terribly during the winter, this could possibly fill in as a substitute.

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          BSting Jul 22, 2007 02:22 PM

          Reading the BLT Burger review I can't honestly believe it's where we had lunch today. This place is SO overrated. My wife & I firmly believe Stand is far superior with similar prices but with distinctively better burgers/shakes/fries of higher qualtiy. (24 E 12th at University). We went to BLT Burger 3:30pm Sun and sat at the bar. Given the great weather, the restaurant was understandably slow. On the whole, the service was weak. The bartender kept coaxing us to augment the bill with toppings on our burgers, fries, more booze. The $10 'classic' burger was decent but served solo (no fries?? come on !!). It came on a Wonder Bread bun than probably came in the standard 8-pack. Included was a tiny portion of cole slaw, a paltry piece of iceberg lettuce, and 1 small slice of tomato. We shared a coffee shake. It tasted good but was as thin as water and was disappointing. Traditionally, with shakes you are supposed to be asked whether you prefer thick or thin. They also rudely start removing plates before we were BOTH done eatng....always a sign of restaurant amateurs who are given no training by the ownership. BLT Burger is a joke, almost a scam considering what the quality of what they serve. Side note, they also offer cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon or Schlitz for $5 a pop. Trendy and lame.

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            lkirschner Jul 22, 2007 07:19 PM

            Stand has much better fries and shakes and creative beverages. Their veggie burger is Stellar. However, BLT burger's salmon burger (cut me some slack i'm a psudo-veg) was juicy with a perfect sauce and bun, Stand's was like eating a dry salmon briquette. Both are great for different stuff. Incidently, both are great for kids in strollers.

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              liahos1 Aug 19, 2007 08:20 PM

              Agreed..I just moved back from California two months ago and have always enjoyed a good burger...I think there is no comparing Stand and BLT Burger..Stand wins by a longshot IMO...The real killer for me at BLT Burger were the fries...they taste like Burger King - and I am certainly in the McD In n Out camp in terms of fry style

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                ricky7 Aug 19, 2007 08:31 PM

                i like BLT over Stand. I really like BRGR over all the others. Havent been to Mollys
                yet but the reviews make it sound like the burgers are damn good.

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            Abe Froman Aug 20, 2007 12:45 PM

            For me, all the burger options at BLT are "very good". The quality of ingredients is high and the preparation has been consistent. The size for me is "just right", with sides it is a nice amount of food. IMO all of the fries options are top-notch, especially the sweet potato (not sure I know of any spot that does them better). Should be noted that you can easily share the fries two or even three ways, depending on how you like to eat.

            Is it worth the money? For me it is. The bar is cozy off-peak, staff is nice and they usual have at least one "special" draft worth trying. I also think the combos offer good value, like burger/can of beer(Dales!)/fries for $15+

            Not sure I understand the need to compare to Stand. It's a completely different type of burger... for me anyways. Could you compare it "pound for pound" with Shake Shack? Sure... but overall it's such a different experience I would not bother. For a quick outdoor nosh on the go? Shake Shack wins. For a sit down burger with some excellent fries and app options? BLT wins.

            And the bar popcorn is DANGEROUS...

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              TBird Aug 3, 2008 08:58 AM

              we went yesterday. it will NEVER be a shake shack replacement, but it's ok to watch the yankees and suck back a six points sweet action with a decent burger. the service was awesome. and the fries were good too.

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