Back in May, I got an opportunity to dine at Nusr-Et Steakhouse, the restaurant from Chef Nusret Gökçe aka Saltbae, a social media sensation known from the way he cuts meat and even more famous, his signature move when putting salt. I knew he was there thanks to Instagram, and, as I was having lunch with a colleague, I proposed to go there for their lunch special where, for $27 you get a burger with fries, a soda and a slice of baklava. And of course, I got to witness the Chef do his show at the table next to us.
Anyway, know that the lunch special is off the menu and, unless you know, it will not be proposed. Here is what I got:
Soda: Coca Cola. I should mention that they do not serve tap water, so, if you want to drink water, you have to pay for it that is crazy considering that New York water is fine.
Burger: they said that the Chef suggests to cook it medium rather than the medium rare I wanted. So I went for medium and found the thick patty well cooked. What is great is that they cut the burger in half after assembling it and grill the sides for few seconds, giving a nice char to it. It is quite big, as, as I mentioned, the patty is thick, and it was quite juicy. However, I was not flabbergasted by it, having much better burgers at The Brindle Room, 5 Napkin Burger or...Shake Shack. Know that, if you do not like to touch food with your hands, they give you black gloves, similar to the ones they use for service.
Last were the fries that were slightly seasoned: there was a nice quantity of it and I found them quite good, with a slight crunch and cooked all the way through.
One you finish that burger, comes the best part: the baklava. They serve it with goat's milk ice cream that cuts a bit the sweetness of it and brings this dish to a higher level. This was the highlight of the meal.
So, what do I think about the lunch deal at Nusr-Et Steakhouse? It is a very good deal, even if the burger will not keep you awake at night. As far as I know, I would have it again, but not for the burger: rather for the baklava that is sublime!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Nusr-Et - 60 W 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019