Most people I know like burgers; even a lot of vegetarians like veggie burgers – or fish burgers, if they eat fish. Here’s a good place to get one.
Five Napkin Burger
2315 Broadway (84th St)
(note: There is another location, but I haven’t been there, this is about the uptown location)
This is a really good hamburger restaurant. It has one huge problem: You can’t get in! In fact, although we live very nearby, we’ve only been here once for dinner. It’s jammed. There’s a month long wait for reservations, and, unless you want to eat at 5 or 10, there’s a long wait for people without reservations. But it’s the same food at lunch, and a lot of the same food at brunch, and we’ve been here a few times for each of those.
Decor and service at Five Napkin Burger
The decor of the place is pretty basic. The tables are comfortable, but nothing fancy. There’s a long bar on one side (to the left as you walk in) then there are a bunch of two-tops, and some booths for 4, 5 or 6 people.
The service is usually good – we’ve had no complaints, but we have heard other people who complained. It does get a bit frantic at times.
Enough side dishes! On to the food and drink!
Beer and other drinks at Five Napkin Burger
Or, rather, the drink and food. What goes with a burger? The iconic choice is beer. Unfortunately the wine and beer list don’t seem to be online. But there are over 50 beers and over 100 wines (I admit, I haven’t looked at the wine list. I like wine, but wine with a burger seems weird to me. But, I guess a lot of people like it). They also have cocktails. But the beer list is great – I look forward to exploring it, and, since I only drink one beer at a meal, I’ll have to eat here a lot!
Non-burger food at Five Napkin Burger
The menu offers 10 starters, it offers sushi rolls; there are 8 burgers (see below), 3 kinds of hot dog, and 10 other entrees. I’d skip the sushi rolls – this is not a Japanese restaurant. And, unless you are really hungry, I’d either skip the starters or split a starter and an entree for two people. Because the burgers are pretty big.
Of the non-burger entrees, the mac and cheese is good, as is the buffalo chicken sandwich, which I’ve had a few times. My wife has had two of the three salads, and been very pleased. I’ve had the hot dog, and wasn’t thrilled with it. The sides are good, but the pickles side dish, while good, wasn’t what I expected. I expected the sort of thing you get in a Jewish deli, but this was a bowl of what I think are still called bread and butter pickles.
Burgers at Five Napkin Burger
Each burger is 10 oz of beef, lamb, fish, or vegetables, except that the burger for two is two 8 ounce burgers.
The original five napkin burger, a gloriously messy burger with onions, cheese and aioli on a soft roll. A stunning burger, although it may be a little fancy for a burger purist.
A plain version (not on the menu, but just ask) which my older son prefers.
The lamb kufta burger – an excellent version if you want a lamb burger
The ahi tuna burger – a really wonderful tuna burger, where the ginger, scallions, soy, wasabi and onions all work together beautifully, highlighting rather than overwhelming the tuna.
Dessert at Five Napkin Burger
We’ve never had room, but they do look good!
Prices at Five Napkin Burger
The burgers range from $12 to $16; appetizers are mostly about $8. Other entrees from $15 to $20.