Burger Friday: NYC’s Top Three Biggest Burgers

In honor of the national holiday that is National Burger Month, I’m devoting Fridays to the world’s love for the juicy, dripping beast that is The Burger. First honored were the weirdest burgers, then the smallest burgers, and today, I’m honoring NYC’s BIGGEST burgers. Oh yes. Size matters. Take a look at these big boys:

Murder by Burger from Marble Lane: this bloody, juicy, off-the-menu secret burger inside the Dream Downtown Hotel has 10 layers, of everything from fried eggs and cheese, to bacon, mushrooms, and onions. The best part: it’s stabbed right in the middle with a steak knife and paraded to your table for all to gawk at. Photo close-up here

The 1lb Burger from The Counter: straight from Santa Monica comes this chain where you make your own burger and can choose the hefty one pounder patty of beef, chicken, turkey, veggie, or bison. From there, you can load it up with any kind of cheese – brie, jalapeño jack – four toppings, like grilled pineapple, spicy pepperoncinis, and fried egg – and a sauce. By the time you’re done, this hunk-a-meat weighs more like a pound-and-a-half.

The F&Kn. Burger With Foie Gras from Pounds & Ouncesthe foie gras at this Chelsea lounge is optional, but that doesn’t stop the 8oz. burger from packing enough layers to have you hibernating through winter. It’s topped with pineapple-braised short ribs and fontina cheese, and sauced with onion marmalade and pickled green-tomato chips on a bread roll. Ten extra bucks get you the foie gras, and at that point – oh, why not.

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This Week’s L.A. Happenings: BYOBurger, The Canvas Cooler Project, All Bands On Deck

Now: BYOBurger Hits Downtown LA
Conceived by the guys who brought California-based The Counter, BUILT is giving guests the same premium burger with the luxury of creating their own in a new, fast-serve environment, which means cheaper burgers. Expect a college-age crowd (thanks to its location near USC) and, best of all, free on-site parking. Wait. Best of all: cheaper burgers.

BUILT Custom Burgers (3584 Figueroa St., Downtown) is now open. For more information, check out the listings at BlackBook Guides.

Thursday: The Canvas Cooler Project At Factory West
Red Bull invades West Hollywood with their Canvas Cooler Project at Factory West, giving 20 emerging LA artists the opportunity to showcase works. All artists will be given wings and caffeine buzzes, but only two winners will be sent to SCOPE Miami.

The Canvas Cooler Project is open to the public from 9pm to 12am. For more information on the Canvas Cooler Project, check out the site. For more information on Factory West, visit the listing at our BlackBook Guides.

Saturday: All Bands On Deck! At Santa Monica Pier
This 98.7 sponsored event is bringing all the cool cats to the Santa Monica Pier with a line-up that includes current buzz bands Poolside, Yacht, Baio, and Guns in the Sun. BYOPBR.

All Bands on Deck! begins at 4pm. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased here. For more information on Santa Monica Pier, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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The Top Burger Joints Opening In L.A. Next Week

Every day is a good day for a backyard BBQ here in LA – but don’t fire up that grill just yet. There are a couple of notable burger joints popping up throughout the city.

Burger Lounge has finally opened in Santa Monica. The boutique chain’s fast-casual concept is all about dishing out 100 percent, grass-fed beef burgers with vegetarian and vegan options. This is Burger Lounge’s ninth location, and if you visit by the end of April, you can try their seasonal, special grass-fed Elk Burger with jicama slaw, crispy pork belly, and chipotle aioli. You’ll never eat elk the same way again. Or you’ll just never eat elk again. No one knows until you try it.

BYOB takes a whole new meaning at BUILT Custom Burgers: Build Your Own Burger. Brought to you by the guys behind California-based The Counter, BUILT uses the same ingredients and DIY experience of building your own burger with 23 toppings to choose from. This means you have more than 300,000 burger combinations, considering the variety of cheeses, toppings, and buns available. Throw in ice cream shakes, sweet potato fries, and a more affordable price (approximately $4 cheaper than Counter) and you have a meal that may steer you from In-N-Out. BUILT Custom Burgers opens to the public on Monday. 

Creative burgers continue to shake up the traditional patty on a bun at Juicy Lucy. The January opening at Taste at FIGat7th in Downtown LA had burger lovers raising their glasses to some innovative and delectable options. Chef Paul Shoemaker keeps banging out new creations. Starting April 1st, diners can expect four new burgers, including a Jidori Chicken Burger and Veggie Burger. A favorite: Wolfmother with blue and brie cheese, caramelized onion, and roasted garlic aoli. 

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New York Openings: The Counter, Asellina, Bell Book & Candle

The Counter (Midtown West) – Burger shop for a new millennium, with humanely raised Angus beef and some 300,000 potential burger combos. ● Asellina (Murray Hill) – Sprawling Italian spot at the Gansevoort Park comes complete with a chef from Vegas. ● Bell Book & Candle (West Village) – Snug subterranean restaurant sources from its futuristic rooftop garden.

Los Angeles: Top 10 Burgers

image1. Irv’s Burgers (West Hollywood) – Juicy, fantastic burgers since 1958, responsible for Rowlands and Cassavetes’ nourishment. 2. Tommy’s (Echo Park) – Open 24 hours, long line goes fast with occasional flashes of high-speed chasing and ghetto bird sightings along the Blvd. 3. Father’s Office (Santa Monica) – Award-winning gourmet burgers and microbrews in a crowded cubicle of wood and way too much inhumanity.

4. Pete’s Café and Bar (Downtown) – Watch City Hall heavyweights power-munch on sublime Helman burgers with bleu-cheese fries. 5. 25 Degrees (Hollywood) – Like Arnold’s Diner given a Rat Pack makeover, with fancy clientele casting Fonzie the evil eye. 6. Apple Pan (Westwood) – Possibly as old as the men serving hickory burgers or slightly different Apple Pan burgers to the gathering of Westside school kids, families, and faraway fans. 7. The Counter (Santa Monica) – Liberating and fantastic build-your-own-burger from veggie to Ferdinand. 8. 8 oz (Hollywood) – The atmosphere’s chill, the burgers fancy, the drinks and dessert equally fun. 9. Lucky Devil’s (Hollywood) – Crank up the Stones, cuz we run out of sympathy when Diet Coke ad-man Lucky Vanous charges $16 for his “kobe” beef burger, when sides are the thing to get. 10. The Oinkster (Eagle Rock/Eastside) – Upscale burgers, fries, and shakes in a roadside, Americana-plus setting.

Short Stack: Openings

New YorkHea, Cantonese slang for “chill,” opens in the East Village, serving southeast Asian/Japanese fusion. ● Murray Hill newcomer The Hill opens. The big draw is the big screens for the big games, and the promise of team-specific brewskies to wash down your sorrows or celebrate victories. ● No 7 opens in Fort Greene, festooning the all-white interior with plates of roasted chicken, grilled cod, and hangar steak. Look for local micro-brews on tap.

● Books and booze are the name of the game at Libertine at Gild Hall in the financial district, which opens today. ● 9th Street Espresso reopens in the East Village after extensive renovations. ● Like we said, the Eldridge opens in the LES; expect a tight door and berries in your cocktails. ● The UWS welcomes Bloomingdale Road on Wednesday; they got bar snacks like meatballs and mini-cheeseburgers, and entrees like smoked trout. ● In the old Caffee Torino space, De Santos opens. Housed in a brownstone, this two-story spot has outdoor space, a lengthy wine list, and a serious set of speakers.

Los AngelesADCB (“Asia de Cuba Bar”) opens at the Mondrian (note: Asia de Cuba is right next door). Featuring a snake-like 120-person couch in bright orange and waitresses in boots and white dresses, this is modernism at its best. ● The bar concept 12-21 is finally open at Morton’s. Small bites and a big bar. ● Porn comes to the Valley. Or rather, more porn comes to the valley. This time, in club form. Come one, come all to Oxygen for Tattoo Tuesdays, Coyote Ugly nights, and Friday “college nights” at this venue, which will feature booths dedicated to adult actresses — complete with costumes and set photos. ● Cristoni Pizzeria finally opens on Sunset, slinging pies until 2 a.m. on the weekends (midnight weekdays).

San FranciscoJanitizi opens in the Mission, championing “Cuisine of the America’s,” whatever that means. ● Also in the Mission, Stable Café opens. Previously a real live stable, this incarnation will serve breakfast and lunch.

ChicagoThe Counter brings some west coast burger style to Lincoln Park. ● Get your Cuban sandwich fix at 90 Miles Cuban Café, opening tomorrow in Logan Square. Don’t forget to chase it with a tropical shake … guava, mango, banana, you get the idea.

Short Stack: Openings

New YorkLuxee opens in the LES. Vegan Japanophiles, rejoice! This joint is run by Tokyo culinary school Vantan and serves up tofu cheesecake, vegan chocolate cakes with avocado mousse, and savory tofu salads. ● Brother Jimmy’s opens an outpost in Murray Hill. Kristin Cavallari plays host. ● Mei Li Wah, formally known as Mei Lai Wah, reopens in Chinatown on the auspicious 8-8-08 date, yellow shirts and red hats included.

Hummus Place opens in the West Village. ● Formerly Kate’s Brooklyn Joint, La Superior — all Mexican, almost all the time — opens in Williamsburg. ● In the East Village, JoeDoe’s doors are finally open.

Los AngelesThe Counter opens its second location in Marina Del Rey, one-upping 31 flavors by offering 70 burger topping options. ● Roy’s Hawaiian opens in Pasadena, making for the 10th Roy’s in California. ● The Kress. Get Sushi-Bombed at Hollywood’s latest four-storied ode to glitz.

San FranciscoBonbon Patisserie is ready for takeout. ● Pho Ha Tien 2 opens in SOMA, ready to thrown down with neighborhood fav Tu Lan. ● Amanda’s Feel Good Fresh Food Restaurant opens in Berkeley. AMGFFR (longest restaurant name ever) offers kid-friendly options — burgers, fries and cookies — as well as grown-up salads and sweet potatoes. ● McTeague’s Saloon opens on Polk Street. Rusty saloon meets micro-brew, the game (pick one) is on every football Sunday.

Miami ● More sushi. RA Sushi opens in South Miami. Try the Crazy Monkey roll.

Las Vegas ● Corsa Cucina reopens as Stratta, self-titled by Executive Chef Alessandro Stratta (of Alex, also in the Wynn). ● Get dirty, err, clean at the 4,500-square-foot restaurant/bar LAVO (Spanish for “wash”) in the Palazzo .

Chicago ● Cajun/Creole Yats opens in the Near West Side ● iCream opens this week, taking DIY to a whole new level. Choose your own flavor, color, and topping. Liquid nitrogen ads to the cool factor. ● African- themed Sikia opens on the Washburne Culinary Institute campus, featuring graduating chefs-to-be. ● Dadaist Duchamp opens on in Wicker Park. Check the sweet off-street patio. ● Marc Burger fits right in with the oxymoronic classy-food-court Seven on State on the 7th floor of Macy’s. ● Ian’s Pizza opens in Lakeview. Odd combos like the mac-n-cheese slice and the steak-and-fries slice give late-night drunken revelers another spot to sop up alcohol. ● Vegetarians get ready: Mana Food Bar is open in Wicker Park.