Showing posts with label Shake Shack. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shake Shack. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Caffe Dante Re Opens with JG MELON to Greenwich Village


BIG NEWS on MACDOUGAL STREET




Caffe Dante


 




The beloved Greenwich Village institution for 100 years,
the new CAFFE DANTE is open to open its doors on
Macdougal Street in New York's Greenwich Village where it 
operated for exactly 100 years before owner (44years) 
Mario Flotta called it quits in April 2015 and sold the
legendary caffe to new owners.

I just poped my head in there before and they look like they
ready to open any day now. Only thing is, although the place looks quite nice, it doesn't look like it will be anything like it was for some
100 years, which is a true and classic Italian Caffe that served 
New York's best cup of Espresso along with Cappuccino and 
Italian Pastries, Sandwiches, and homemade Gelato.
The new place looks like a cool new Italian Bar, or Wine Bar 
and not the type of place where a writer can go and linger
over a cappuccino for an hour while he bangs out his lates
novela. Actually, I've just heard that the new owner Linden Pride has
describe the new Dante as an Apertivo Bar celebrating the Italian
heritage of a New York institution. So statesthe mission statement on the new Dante's website.
Well, I'll find out soon when I go and chcek it out.




There's a picture of former owner Mario Flotta on the new Dante's website

whcih will no longer be called Caffe Dante, but DANTE NYC



PS .... In a post on Grubstreet, the articles headline is this;

"DANTE WILL BECOME a UNBEARABLE TRENDY 
SMALL-PLATES RESTAURANT"  end quote ...

Sierra Tishgart for Grubstreet March 25, 2015











JG MELON
in
GREENWICH VILLAGE





A CLASSIC JG MELON BURGER



Up Macdougal Street less than 100 feet from Caffe Dante comes
a big new suprise for New York and Greenwich Village as an
offshoot of the famed Upper East Side 's famed JG MELON
bar and Burger Joint will be opening shortly on the corner
of Macdougal & bleecker Streets. Yhis guy for one is huge fan
of JG Melon and their awesome Burgers and am looking forward
to a great classic on a corner that has one mediocre food
establsihment after te other for the past 30 years. JG Melon
with their great burgers and cool laid back ambiance will be
a welcome new neighbor.
And by the way, for this guy, JG Melon makes one of 
New York's Top Two Burgers along with The
Shake Shack, JG Melon and Shake Shack get my
# 1 and # 2 Votes ...






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JG MELON BURGERS Are GREAT !

But The DUDE Prefers His

IN N OUT BURGERS

Learn How to Make Them
in
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A Shuttered CAFFE DANTE

Ready to Spring into a New Chapter of Its Life

What Will It Be?








 JG MELON

The ORIGINAL

3rd Avenue at 72nd Stret, NEW YORK, NY


Danny Abrahms of The Mermaid & Red Cat
has partenered with longtime JG MELON Manager
Shaun Young to open a Greenwich Village outpost
of the famed JG MELON  ...

If all goes well, this Greenwich Village JG Melon offshoot
promises to be the 1st of many others. Maybe a bad thing?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New York 5 Best Burgers


SCHNIPPER'S Is # 1


SCHNIPPER CHEESEBURGER





JG MELON
Upper East Side Manhattan



JG MELON BURGER ROCK at SECOND BEST

"Some Would Say First. Even Me"





SHAKE SHACK BURGER # 3

"MANY SAY IT'S THE BEST"

We Wouldn't Disagree, But You Gotta Pick Some Kind
of Order .. Everyone Has Their Own Choices, and These Are Ours
"GUESS WHAT? We LOVE THEM ALL, and FEEL THEY'RE 
ALL # 1 The BEST, or DAM CLOSE To IT" !!!



The LUGER BURGER at PETER LUGER
The WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS STEAK HOUSE
Is a STEAL at Just $11.95
GET With THEIR FAMOUS BACON
"IT ROCKS" !!!



THE LUGER BURGER
With LUGER BACON & CHEESE

"DAM THAT BABY Is TASTY" !!!





photo DANIEL BELLINO-ZWICKE

MINETTA TAVERN

GREENWICH VILLAGE NEW YORK


MINETTA BURGER

TAKE The "MINETTA BURGER Over The
More Famous BLACK LABEK BURGER ...

"IT'S BETTER" !!!
The MINETTA BURGER TAHT IS !!!

And IT'S CHEAPER To BOOT !!!

"TRUST Us On THIS ONE" !!!

..............................................................


NEW YORK'S 5 BEST BURGERS

1.  SCHNIPPER'S
2.  JG MELON
3.  SHAKE SHACK
4.  PETER LUGER
5.  MINETTA TAVERN


New York's 5 Best Burgers? Wow! Who are they? Who right? Who's Not? Yes, it's not easy, and who's to say who is the best, who's not, and that they are thee authority and decider of who is # 1 and Who's Not? Well, there are any number of people, magazines, newspapers, and other intitties doing articles, stories and what-not on the Best Burger or Best Burgers in town and around the country. It's a big and popular subject.
Well, this is just ours. Not seeing that his is the definative list and list to end all. It's just ours. And of these 5, we ourselves what put any number at the Top of The Heep, they're all great burgers.

THE SKINNY On EACH

SCHNIPPERS

Schnippers is awesome. They came on the scene a couple years ago. They didn't make all that much of a splash in the first year or year 1/2, but now? They've Splashed, and in quite a big way. They just opened their 3rd location in Manhattan and seems like their expansion will lead to any number across the country, alla Shake Shack. Spaeaking of Shake Shack, Schnipper's opened their first place less than 200 feet from Shake Shacks hugely famous Flagship Burger Joint (and 1st) at Madison Park at 23rd Street and Madison Avenue.

Anyway, the Schnipper Burger is awesome. The Schnipper Burger is a classic straight forward burger. It's 5 ounces, fresh beef (never frozen), cooked to perfection and seasoned perfectly. We love it, and think it taste exactlt as a burger should, with an emphasis on the tasty beef patty.

JG MELON

JG Melon is one great old institution up on 3rd Avenue at 74th Steet on New York's Upper East Side. The Melon is a cool classic old school bar, the kind that just can't be duplicated. Great natural vibe, and un-contived. And guess what? they've got one of New York top burgers, if not thee # 1 tops .. Some say, they are the best. Their Burger, and we wouldn't give them a fight on that. We love em too, and almost picked them for the # 1 spot on our list. What do you think.

SHAKE SHACK

A Great Burger! Some say the Best. We did too for some time, but we feeel that Schnipper's has edged them out. Though we wouldn't gie anyone a hard time if they Shake Shack is # 1 ... They're Buger is Classic, just the right size, seasoned and cooked to beautiful tasty perfection. We just Love Em.


PETER LUGER

The Luger Burger is awesome. It's quite tasty, and makes our top 5 list for it's tastieness and the fact that you can go into this Mecca of Steakdom and get a Burger for just 12 Bucks .. But you probably won't. You gonna want some cheese on that $1.50 and the Bacon ($4.25) is a "Must Have" at Lugers. If you go for Fries (Only $1.95), your burgers gonna cost you about $19.00
But hey, "It Peter Luger" and that's a bargain. 
You can only get The Luger Burger at Lunch, and we just love hopping over the Williamsburg Bridge every 2 or 3 months to get one. You will too.

MINETTA TAVERN

You can't beat the ambiance and History of Minetta Tavern .. This Historical Old Greenwich Village Haunt is cool as can be. And you'll feel you are too once and if you secure a seat inside. The master of the restaurant business in New York, Keith McNally rescued this great old joint, spruced it up just a bit, retaining its wonderful origianl decor, placed a couple great chefs at the helm and opened her up to rave reviews. The menu is French Bistro Steak House, with big juicy Steaks, Bistro Classics, and a pair of New York's Hottest and most loved burgers; The Famed Black Label Burger ($24.00) and The Minetta Burger ($16.00) .. The Black Label Burger is by far the most famous of the two, made with the Black Label Blend of Dry Aged Beef from famed New York Butcher Pat La Freida .. Dry Aged Beef may be great for Steaks, such as the ones so famous at Peter Luger and Minetta Tavern, but we feel that this beef doesn't translate so well to Burgers ... We prefer the Minetta Burger. How bout you?





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Sunday, December 15, 2013

NEW YORK 'S BEST BURGER


WHITE MANNA
Hackensack, NJ
One of The NEW YORK Area's
BEST BURGERS
And Coolest All-Around Burger Experience
In The NEW YORK METRO AREA



NEW YORK'S BEST BURGER
SHAKE SHACK



SHACK BURGER
NEW YORK'S TOP BURGER





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THE ROLLING STONE




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THE COLLECTED RECIPES of THE DUDE

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Monday, April 29, 2013

NEW YORK'S TOP BURGER?






New York's Top Burger? I big question and one that will get a number of answers and some heated debate. Is it The Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern? No way, and oh by-the-way, when it comes to Minetta and their Burgers, they have two the famed Black Label Burger and The Minetta Burger. Guess what? The Minetta Burger is much better.
New York's Best Burger, is it The Bistro Burger at The Corner Bistro which was voted new York's top Burger more than 30 and I would say is The babe Ruth of New York Burgers. Corner Bistro was thee Burger bar of Choice for a long time, way before the current Burger Craze which I think you can say satarted 5 or 7 years ago back around 2006  ... The Corner Bistro has been famous for it's burger since the 1970's ... The have a good burger, it's not great but good, but at just $6,50 and with $2.50 mugs of McSorley's Ale to go with it, the Corner Bistro, though no longer New York's Top Burger, it is though, New York's Top Burger & Beer Deal in the city.
New York's Best Burger, is it The Burger Joint? Nope, not even close. 
Well, I could go on even further  but I'll Spill The Beans here and now. New York's top Burger is at JG Melon. Or is it The Shake Shack. I don't know. Well, I do in a way. They're both # 1 in My Book. The Burger at JG Melon is awesome. It's tasty and quite possibly New York's Best, but then again I sometimes feel, it's Shake Shack. They're both excellent Burgers, that have  the true great burger taste. Both made from top quality meat and both cooked on Flat-Top Grills which is of utter importance in making a great burger. You can't make the Best Burger if you use a slotted grill or broiler to cook the burger. The Burgers must cook in their own fat on a Flat-Top Grill in order to reach the optimum tastiest burger taste possible. The burger needs to be completely browned and slightly crispy on every bit of surface on both sides of the burger. This browning  that caramelizes the beef and brings out all the tasty wonderful flavors can only be achieved in a Flat-Top Grill or pan. Those who use  a broiler or slotted grill will never acheive perfect bigger perfection no matter how hard they try, and the way that both the Shake Shack and JG Melon do. Shack Burger and JG Melon Burger are New York's Top and Best Burger, both tied for the Best.





BAR at JG MELON







BURGER 
SHAKE SHACK



Friday, April 19, 2013

NEW YORK BURGER WEEK And NEW YORK'S BEST BURGER












ONE BURGER BRACKET MATCH-UP THAT HAS THE WINNER of NY'S BEST BURGER


Shack Burger going up against Burger from Burger Joint, no competition! Shake Shack's Shack Burger Wins Hands Down, the taste and execution is Superior. In fact the Shack Burger is better than any other Burger in New York. Better than Minetta's Black Label Burger, better than 5 Guys, better than PJ Clarke's, better than Luger, and any other comers. It's The Best, the Shack burger from Shake Shack is made with top quality meat, the burger is just the right size, not too small and not too big (Bigger is Not Better Here) cooked to perfect, and super tasty. Nuff said!!!


DBZ



If You're a Betting Man, or lady, Bet on This One for NEW YORK'S TOP BURGER
It's "The SHACK BURGER" at SHAKE SHACK ... Hands Down!!! 



NEW YORK'S MOST CLASSIC BURGER JOINTS
PJ CLARKE'S , CORNER BISTRO, 21 CLUB





The BAR at The 21 CLUB
BEFORE DANIEL BOULOUD and His DB BURGER, "The 21 Burger" at NEW YORK'S Famed 21 CLUB was The WORLD'S FIRST LUXURY BURGER .. SINCE The 1950's






PJ CLARKE'S
STILL STANDING
AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

David Kreiger put it well on PJ Clarke's and their Burger,
"Although the burger does not land on many "best-of" lists anymore, it's still a classic. Check out the weekday lunch scene at P.J. Clarke's above. "





photo Daniel Bellino-Zwicke





CORNER BISTRO


As far as The Bistro Burger at the famed Corner Bistro which was voted for almost 30 Years New York's Top Burger goes, as David Kreiger said of PJ Clarke's Burger, "It won't land on many Best-Of Burger List anymore, but it's still a Classic. The Burger at Corner Bistro, and Dollar-For-Dollar New York's by-far Best Burger and Beer Deal, with Burgers only $6.50 and a mere $2.50 for a Mug of McSorley's Ale .. This is a Deal That Can't Be Beat, and No Place in New York Does ...









21 BURGER
The WORLD'S FIRST
LUXURY BURGER






THIS IS NEW YORK'S TRULY BEST BURGER
The SHACK BURGER
From SHAKE SHACK







Daniel Bellino Zwicke                                       NYC  April 19, 2013




Sunday, January 23, 2011

"CORNER BISTRO" BEST Cheeseburger # 1 in NEW YORK

Happy to see Corner Bistro's Burger can still make it to # 1 Best of New York list these days. I've been eating Cheeseburgers there since 1984. Yes 26 Years of Bistro Burgers. Back then, the Burger at the Corner Bistro was for Year-After-Year thee perennial favorite, # 1, Top, Best Burger in New York, rated by the Top and most Powerful food Authorities of the day, New York Magazine, The NY Times, Cue Magazine, The Post, The Village Voice, GQ, Bob Lape on 7's Eyewitness News, The Daily News, so on and so forth. Nine out of ten people, newspapers, and news agency's, The Bistro Burger was always "Tops," # 1. It no longer is. And it was tops for some 30 years. Quite a run. Sadly the quality of the Burger has gone down a bit, and there are numerous chemistry better, tastier Burgers in town. Shake Shack get my Vote for the Top, New York's best Burger, with Bills Bar and Burger and Peter Luger not far behind. But the Shake Shack Burger has all the proper elements that come together and make for perfect chemistry of, dear I say, "The Perfect Burger." Well if not the perfect Burger, New York's Best, or at least amongst the Best, everyone has their opinion. Some not as qualified as others. As I've been eating the East Coast's Best Burgers since childhood, and being a former Chef Culinary Professional, I have greater qualifications than most.
The Shake Shack Burgers elements that make it so good, are: Top Quality Beef, Just the right size and thickness, not too thin nor too thick, which unfortunately many think makes a burger is better, the thicker it is. Not so. A 6 oz., 3/4" Burger is Best and it has to be cooked on a Flat-Top Grill cooking in its own fat to qualify amongst the best. Cooking on a grated grill, just won't do. You'll often get terribly overcooked hard spots, losing all important beef fat for the burger to cook in. You'll need a good hamburger bun, toasted preferred, not too fancy, and a major No-No is the use of an English Muffin. Though i Love them for breakfast, English Muffins are a terrible choice, pairing to a Burger. the Burger has to be properly cooked
And one of thee most important rules to a great Burger, it can't cost more than $6.50, and about $4.50 is even better. The Shake Shake burger meets all these requirements, even exceeding them.
Back to the Bistro Burger. For nostalgias sake and Price to value ratio, combined with the great old New York Bar ambiance, The Bistro Burger always makes it on my Top 10 List. As the Post states, to be able to get a great burger for just $6.50 with Beers at $2.75 in one of New York's few remaining Bohemian Bars, and in Greenwich Village? A combination that just can't be beat.
by Daniel Bellino Zwicke