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Apr 25, 2013 08:34 AM

What's up with (kosher) burgers, N.Y. and L.A.

"Burgerim, on track to open within 90 days in California, will be kosher, and will also include a full bar. Additionally, staff will greet customers in Hebrew—just like they do in Israel."

And, according to the Jewis Week, in addition to Gotham burger opening on the UWS near Amsterdam Burger, La Marais has a special burger menu (e.g., a burger stuffed with beef cheeks) and so does Mr. Broadway.

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  1. Typical lag in the kosher food world.

    Burgers have been huge in the non-kosher world for a few years now. Good to hear we are catching up, but I have not yet found a kosher burger in the NY/NJ area that knocks my socks off, aside from the ones that come out of my old trusty cast iron skillet. :)

    1. The burgerim open now is not kosher. Their 2ND one will be

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      1. re: koshergourmetmart

        Any knowledge of where the 2nd one is gonna be?

      2. What would possibly draw me to Burgerim? As if an Israeli burger is better than an American one? why would anyone want a full bar in a burger joint? I mean, burgers are bar food, but bars are not burger beverages. A burger is good, solid American food, requiring nothing more than a beer and fries as an accompaniment. As an aside, I'd say the burgers at Orange Delight are as good as most, better than many. Nothing burger will propel me into the city. If I happen to be there for another reason, maybe I could be persuaded.

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        1. re: ganeden

          Adina posted a different thread looking for suggestions for young professionals that is not too expensive to gather after work and eat and enjoy adult beverages and visit/network.

          It sould like Burgerim's concept would be right up their alley, albeit not in Manhattan. I discussed this with my 25 yo daughter. She and her recently (up to 4 years) out of college friends are big on places where they can have a burger and drink cocktails. the high price and high calorie content of the drinks makes full entrees less desirable, but a good burger a perfect choice.

          1. re: bagelman01

            Sounds like a place my husband would take clients to. (Professionals in their 30s)

            Ganeden... The (non kosher) people I used to work with always frequented bars with full burger menus. I guess they go together

            1. re: cheesecake17

              Agree with you bagelman.

              I've been to Burgerim in Israel. Concept is great, sliders that come in boxes. Since you cannot just get one, I recall that they come in boxes of 3, 6,9,12, 24 or 30. Mix and match their menu. cheap and cheerful. My brother met me with a box of 3 at Ben Gurion, perfect way to start the trip.

              1. re: njkosher

                That sounds like a to-go place, not one which would tout a full bar.

                1. re: njkosher

                  Those amounts would never work in the US. It would have to be 9, 18, 36, 54, etc.

              2. re: bagelman01

                Yes, in New York, I can understand, but in Los Angeles, totally different crowd. There's a big beer contingent here, and no lack of microbrews with which to satiate the thirst, not to mention wash down a burger, but liquor not so much need. Not that people don't enjoy a good peaty malt, a sipping tequila or older bourbon, but rather that it's not a community in search of a bar with food, or food with a bar, either one. Might fly in NY, I'm doubtful here. there's a reason why it's difficult to find a kosher eatery with even a wine/beer license in Los Angeles. They're around, if you search, but most people don't really care.