A couple of weeks ago, we gave away an extra ticket to the Blue Moon Burger Bash at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, generously given to us by one of our favorite companies (and one of the event’s sponsors), FreshDirect.
Our winner, Christina, was excited to attend, as was I, and we braved a slightly chilly, windy evening down at the Lower East Side’s Pier 36 in order to stuff our faces with plentiful burgers, beer, and sweet treats.
The event featured more than 30 of New York City’s best chefs and restaurants all showing off their burger-making skills in attempt to win the coveted People’s Choice award, previously won multiple times by Josh Capon from Burger & Barrel and the seemingly indomitable Bobby Flay.
We managed to try (or at least take a nibble out of) 17 of the 31 burgers on-hand, meanwhile drinking Blue Moon beer on tap and even filling in the gaps with a dessert or two from Doughnut Plant and Jacques Torres. When we got too full and needed a break, we checked out the Sir Kensington’s ketchup photo booth (complete with great moustache “tattoos”).
Christina and I both decided that our hands-down favorite was—surprise!—Bobby Flay’s California-inspired burger, topped with watercress, goat cheese, and Meyer lemon mayo. The real surprise about Flay’s burger was its unusual topping. Just below the top bun was a layer of crunchy, salty potato chips. We both agreed that this put his burger over the top and eagerly threw our voting tokens in his direction when the time came.
Each burger, some of which were surprisingly large, was served with a unique side too. A few of our favorite sides were the baked beans from TriBeCa’s The Harrison, the sweet potato and provolone tater tots from Park Avenue Autumn, and the delicious spiced potato skins from North End Grill.
At the end of night, Josh Capon’s burger emerged victorious once again, but Flay was the runaway victor in our minds.
My only regret of the evening: not starving myself in advance so I could have tried all 31 burgers!