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For the F-cking King of Burgers: “Bill’s Bar and Burger"

Ah the perfectly made burger. It is a rarity I tell you. I am very picky about the way my burger has to be cooked and the way it has to taste. For starters I cannot see any signs of life like ANY red whatsoever. Secondly I need it to be the right constancy, thin not thick, not too large, and definitely not dry. I need my meat to have some moisture with each bite going down. It also helps if there are some delicious toppings on it. Avocados are my favorite. I would probably eat anything that had avocado on it and I have just eaten an entire one all by myself with a spoon and nothing more.

My latest favorite burger toppings are Swiss cheese, American cheese, caramelized onions, and Thousand Island dressing. For kicks let’s put that on marble rye. It might sound like a random combination but this creation is the Onion Soup Patty Melt that I had Bill’s. That is Bill’s Bar and Burger.

Shockingly I did not hear about this from the Huffington Post, New York Times, or Time Out New York magazine. I found it by simply using Google. I was looking around in the Gansevoort neighborhood knowing I was spending the day there and wanted some options for lunch. Bill’s Bar and Burger popped up immediately and with a quick glance at the website I was sold. It was right near where I would be and the menu sounded amazing. I also liked that it had a variety of food choices so as not to exclude any picky eaters. I can be a picky eater so when I see more than five things I would eat on a menu I am pretty sure that there won’t be any problems.

We sandwiched lunch between the gallery and the marketplace. The timing was perfect as I was starving and in the mood for good food. As soon as we entered Bill’s I was all in. The décor and atmosphere was even better than I pictured it. Luckily we didn’t have to wait for a table even though I had made a reservation just in case but we were early for that anyways.

There was so much to take in all around us I was trying to soak in all of the images. Unfortunately while I was doing that I realized it was perhaps a million degrees inside. Keep in mind this was a day when the winter weather was having a milder feel. Naturally I had to strip. Off went my sweatshirt and t-shirt, luckily for everyone I had many layers and was now down to my tank top.

Once I had the waiter crack open the back door then I was able to return looking at my menu. I would like to point out here that I wasn’t the only one sweating; I just was the only one who took their clothes off. Hey desperate times call for desperate measures. I was not going to let the heat ruin my day while causing me to have a migraine.

It was then I decided to split the Onion Soup Patty melt and an order of veggie fries. I had no idea what that meant but because I have never heard of those type of fries naturally I had no choice but to order them. Our table also ordered hot dogs and regular fries.

There was another order for a regular cheeseburger but I am disappointed to tell you that when it was not cooked thoroughly as the patron requested it was not acknowledged and corrected. Instead our waiter decided this was as well done as a burger could be there so he ended up taking it back. I have to say I have never seen that in a restaurant before. It left me with a bad taste in my mouth. 

Despite this injustice everything else was ok. The hot dogs weren’t cooked the way I like them at Nathan’s but those doing the consuming had no complaints. I of course sampled both kinds of fries and this was perhaps the best part of my meal. It turns out that Bill’s veggie fries are literally fried vegetables served in a basket. They were not at all greasy but were rather addicting. We couldn’t stop ourselves from devouring every last morsel.

My burger had a lot of great flavor and thank goodness cooked to my likening or I would have left. I don’t know if it’s the best I have ever eaten but it certainly was up there. To see for yourselves you can read my other burger related blogs (links below). You will see that usually I am only in it for the French fries ( Now I can add veggie fries to the mix. But I am satisfied that I got to eat this scrumptious concoction. I definitely would go there again. As for eating only half of my burger, that was a smart move because it was enough to fill me without hitting the point of no return.

There was a vanilla milkshake I heard about which was apparently also very tasty because after I took its photo I never saw it again. It was all gone. Gone but not forgotten. 

If you are in the NYC area there are three locations you can choose from: Downtown, Meatpacking District, and Rockefeller Center. There is also one in Atlantic City and in Pittsburgh ( a city I just adore!

So there now you have no excuses. You will have to seek out Bill’s; he is after all he is The F-cking King of Burgers!  I got to respect that.

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