Yes, the name is misleading: Union Square Burger by Cozy Myers is not in Union Square, but near Times Square. I admit that you really need to know this place is there and it goes in direct competition with Shake Shack that is a couple of blocks away. Well, I do not think that the owner opened to be in direct competition with Shake Shack so to speak, but the stakes are high in that neighborhood and while Shake Shack was full when we passed in front of it, Union Square Burger was totally empty. There was a good reason for that: we arrived 10 minutes before noon and discovered that, although the door was opened and the music blasting, they were not open (only the closing time was written on the door). After several minutes trying to get the attention from somebody (remember, the music was loud), they told us that they only opened at 12pm, information that upset a customer who left saying "It is always the same thing with these guys". They were not ready for sure and it affected a bit the service, with other customer starting to be upset with on top of that the need to open the door although it was cold that day, because their exhaust did not seem to work and the restaurant started to get filled with smoke. For sure, we smelled like burgers the entire afternoon (or as we say in French, on sentait le graillon / we smelled like grease!). Fortunately the food was excellent. I could not resist ordering the Rossini burger or foie gras burger that is served in limited quantity on a daily basis (max. 30) and was surprised that it was only $13.75. The burger was small, made with a beef patty cooked medium-rare, a piece of pan seared foie gras, white truffle oil, roasted almonds, balsamic sauce and burger sauce. The first bite was divine! First, the beef patty was juicy and quite tasty; it is made with a mix of American Kobe beef and black angus beef. Then, the foie gras added a nice fattiness, while the almonds gave a bit of a crunch.
Jodi ordered their mushroom veggie burger that was also very good...for a veggie burger. It was made with grilled mushrooms (portobello, shiitake and button), white cheddar, oregano, white truffle oil and burger sauce. In this one, you could taste and smell the white truffle oil, not in mine...
With the burgers, we ordered the cheese fries made with Belgian Bintje potatoes. The fries came as we almost were done with our burgers and they were sitting there as they were heating a large can of cheese. It was good, but next time, I will only get the fries that were a bit crunchy like I like them.
Despite the issue with the kitchen, I liked the burgers at Union Square Burger: they are not big, although some choices on the menu propose a double patty option that is probably recommended, but very satisfying and they propose combinations that are very unique. I will definitely go back there and this time try one of their milkshakes.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Union Square Burger by Cozy Myers - 729 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036