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How about "Eat a burger every day for a week, to find the best burger in New York, as suggested by New Yorkers"?
Yeah, that'll do. Why not?
One reason why not is because it sounds really unhealthy. I hope the extra calories and fat and salt was offset by me cycling 15-30 miles every day.
The scientific method (kinda made up as I went along):
1. The aspects of the burgers will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, where 1 star is a MacDonalds Cheeseburger, and 5 stars is a Hot Dog World cheeseburger, as available in Berlin.
2. I'll try to make all the burgers as similar as possible, with bacon and cheese and fried/grilled onions if available.
3. I'll rate the burgers on appearance, bun, burger, other filling, overall taste, and "other factors".
Day 1: Five Guys Burger
My first burger, recommended by a few people. I chose this as the first because it was the first burger place I found from my remembered list of recommended burgers. It cost about $7.50.
It looked a bit sorry coming out of the wrapper. A bit flat, but the bun had kept its shape quite well.
All burgers come with two patties with cheese between. Any number of toppings are free, and the range is pretty good. I got onions, pickles, and bacon.
It tasted... okay, I guess. Nothing special. Nothing as special as all the newspaper reviews on the walls around me. Looking closer, I noticed that none of the five star reviews on the walls were by New York food journalists in New York publications. This might very well have been the best burger in Nowheresville, Bumkin County, but not in a big city like New York or Berlin.
Day 2: Jackson Hole
This is a sit-down restaurant, with a few branches around the city. I decided this was the right choice for day 2, mainly because I was starving, and also to have an opposite experience compared to the day before.
The whole meal cost about $17, but this included the burger, a platter of fries and a salad, coleslaw, sauces, a coke, and the tip. It was, by far, the most food per dollar of the whole week. Before the burger arrived I was given a small bowl of pickled cucumbers, with were quite sweet and refreshing.
The platter, when it arrived, was huge. I had to construct the burger myself, and then it was impossible to pick up. The bread under the burger soaked up the juices way too quick, and even flipping the burger over, so thicker top of the bun could do some work, didn't stop it from disintegrating.
The burger itself tasted great, but couldn't hold itself together. The meal became a knife and fork affair, rather than the pick up and bite style I want from a burger.
Overall, the meal was one of the best of the week, but this was due to many other factors, not just the burger. The burger, while tasting good, didn't act like a burger.
Day 3: Schnipper's Burger.
When meeting up with jugglers in Bryant Park, I mentioned I was off to get a burger for lunch. Someone said "You should try Schnippers!" I'd not heard of it before, but the people who work in that area of the city love it. Before I left the park, another two people had recommended it, so I rode my bike right there. It looked like a chain restaurant, but apparently this is the only one in the city.
I ordered the Schnipper Burger, with the special Schnipper Cheese Sauce. About 12 dollars for the burger and a coke. I was given a number card, and a few minutes later my burger arrived. I looked really good.
Bun: very good. Salad inside: fresh. Bacon: crispy. Cheese sauce: very, very tasty. The burger patty: delicious. It held together well as I picked it up, helped by a stick through the middle.
From the appearance of the restaurant, and the fact that they also served Sloppy Joes, I was surprised at just how good I found this burger. In my head I was comparing all the burgers to the Hot Dog World burger in Berlin, and this one was the most like it.