The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

 The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

We noticed The Burger Bistro when we went to Frère de Lys, few months ago and it was on my list, but I admit that that list starts to be a bit long...So I forgot about it until I was looking for a burger place close to The Metropolitan Museum. We could have gone to Bareburger, located on the next block of The Burger Bistro, but we wanted a change.

 Dining room at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

Dining room at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

It is not a big place and besides the nice warmth the exposed bricks are bringing, it has nothing special. Or maybe the large painting of the Brooklyn bridge is worth mentioning. Well, this franchise started in Brooklyn, Bay Ridge and Park Slope. But the most noticeable part of it is that the text is written backward and you can only read it in the mirror on the opposite side.

Menu wise, it is simple: build your own burger, one of my favorite as it offers plenty of combinations:

  • First you pick the patty: beef, Kobe beef, turkey, lamb, chicken, tuna or veggie. You also chose the temperature, from black and blue to extra well done.
  • Then, you pick the cheese: american, blue cheese, gruyere, cheddar, swiss...
  • The toppings: caramelized onions, frizzled onions, bacon, guacamole...The most interesting ones being the buffalo shrimp.
  • Then, you choose the roll: brioche, whole wheat, garlic bread...
  • Last the sauce: chipotle mayo, blue cheese...It will come on the side.

To order, you simply check the box in front of your choice, directly on the menu.

 Menu at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

Menu at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

After couple of minutes of few sips of root beer, our burgers came.

 Root beer at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

Root beer at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

When they came, I thought they looked spectacular! Jodi ordered a beef patty with sharp cheddar, caramelized onions, on a brioche roll.

 Burger at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

Burger at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

 Burger at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

Burger at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

On my side, I ordered a beef patty with gruyere and blue cheese, caramelized onions, on a brioche roll. I went for the toppings of the avalon burger at Ted's Montana Grill, that I highly recommend and that is one of the best burgers in town.

 Burger at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

Burger at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

 Burger at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

Burger at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

As you can see on the photos, they were not cheap in toppings and I could not wait for that first bite. Unfortunately, it was disappointing: the beef patty was overcooked and dry.

 Burger at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

Burger at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

For the sides, we got the homemade potato chips and the tater tots.

 Homemade potato chips at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

Homemade potato chips at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

 Tater tots at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

Tater tots at The Burger Bistro in the Upper East Side, New York, NY

I liked both of them, but preferred the tater tots that were succulent: crispy and not greasy. The chips had some seasoning that was probably BBQ inspired.

I left The Burger Bistro disappointed: they would not have overcooked the patty, it would have been phenomenal burgers. Would I go back? Maybe.

Enjoy (...)!

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