Each time we come back from Europe, there is one meal I want to have: burger! And we decided to go to Birch Hoboken, a place that opened two months ago. With a concept similar to Black Tap Burger, I was really curious to see how they would measure up and I was not disappointed: the food at Birch Hoboken is way better than Black Tap. The burgers are tastier and better cooked (I asked for medium and I got a juicy medium patty) and the milkshakes are not a big mess. The only complaint with Birch Hoboken is the music: loud. I would understand for dinner as this is also a lounge, but for brunch? And when I say loud, it is loud. I think they are making a mistake: yes, loud music might get you attention, but it will scare away families who would come to indulge in these fantastic milkshakes they propose.
Here is what we got there:
For burgers, I decided to go with the Cheese Lovers Burger, composed of Monterey Jack cheese, provolone and a white truffle cheese sauce (you could definitely smell and taste the truffle that was not overwhelming). When you order your burger, you can ask for either prime beef or kobe. I went for the latter, although I admit that I could not taste the difference...But for two more dollars, it was a no brainer. I liked the rustic way of presenting the burgers, on a fake newspaper sheet (the bottom was from a Cuban newspaper and the paper sheet for the fries was from...France! The burger was made with a delicious brioche bread that was branded with the name of the restaurant. It definitely had a lot of cheese and I have to say that the first bite and the subsequent ones were divine. The Pat La Frieda patty was juicy and tasty, and the cheese was oozing from the burger. There was so much cheese that it was definitely a burger for cheese lovers.
Jodi went for the veggie burger and added a slice of avocado to it. It looked really good and was delicious: you could definitely taste black beans in it. Good, but not to the point where I regretted to order my burger...
The fries were shoestring, perfectly cooked, but could have been a bit crispier.
Of course, I could not leave without trying their milkshakes and ordered the "Give me S'mores" one. It was quite big and looked spectacular. The sides of the cup had a chocolate rim with cookie crumbles and Hershey's chocolate pieces. On top were marshmallows, toasted s'mores and Graham crackers. The milkshake itself was a chocolate one.
It was overall quite good: the burger and the milkshake being delicious. They have other burgers like the French onion that look succulent or you can build your own. For milkshakes, if you are not into the crazy ones, you can get a simple with just whipped cream on top...
Birch Hoboken is a nice addition to the city and I would definitely go back there, but not in the evening...
Enjoy (I did)!
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Birch Hoboken - 92 RIVER STREET, HOBOKEN NJ 07030