Restaurant: Umami Burger – 432 6th Avenue, Manhattan, New York
Umami Burger opened up a few months ago in New York City and while I haven’t been brave enough to stand in a three hour line to try it, I did check out an Umami location in Hollywood when Hailey and I were recently out in California. I figure my lack of a California audience makes a post about that location meaningless, so take this for what it’s worth when looking at the New York City location.
I was pumped to try these burgers after hearing so much about this place. We went to town, ordering:
- Truffle Royale: beef patty topped with braised short rib, roasted garlic aioli, and house truffle cheese
- Umami Burger: shitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesean crisp, umami ketchup
- Tempura Onion Rings
- Truffle Fries
I’d heard these burgers were supposed to be legendary, and while I’m not sure my life was changed, it was a damn good burger. How can you lose when you take a burger and top it with more meat? The house-ground, hand formed patty was juicy, tasty and exploding with flavor. The short ribs on top were equally as good and all that melted together to deliver a punch to my taste buds. The burger is sandwiched in between a soft, slightly sweet Portuguese bun.
After eating a burger like this, sides are almost an afterthought. After all, you go to Umami Burger for the burgers. However, the Tempura Onion Rings were a favorite for me. The rings were large and were lightly fried, fluffy and crisp.
The Truffle Fries were good, but next time I think they’re worth skipping. The sauce was tasty but in the end, all it does is make the fries soggy.
Is the food worth a three hour wait? I don’t think anything is worth a three hour wait. However, Umami Burger boosts enormous flavor and delivers. Aside from a well formed and flavored patty, toppings are king here, with everything ranging from Shiitake mushrooms to green chiles to avocado. At $10-$15 for a burger the prices aren’t insane and worth it for what you get. I’m a big fan of 5 Napkin Burger and I’d put Umami Burger right on par with them, if not a little ahead because of their larger variety of burgers. As soon as the hype around the New York City location dies down, I’ll definitely be paying them a visit.