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.

Umami Burger Menu and Hailey
A Burger or a Mustache?

I was pumped to try these burgers after hearing so much about this place. We went to town, ordering:

  • Truffle Royalebeef 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
Umami Burger Truffle Royale
Truffle Royale

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.

Umami Burger Inside of Truffle Royale
A Look Inside

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. 

Umami Burger Tempura Onion Rings
Tempura Onion Rings

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.

Umami Burger Truffle Fries
Truffle Fries

The Verdict

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. 

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