I am not a violent man. But Alan Richman's sacreligious attacks in GQ and Bloomberg on my favorite venerable eating institutions (New Orleans, NYC pizza, Katz's and most recently Peter Luger's) provokes such anger and fury in me that I don't know what would happen if I ever actually bumped into him.
So now I'm horrified that I have to agree with him about Bill's Bar & Burger and disagree with my most respected food blogger/critics Adam "A Hamburger Today" Kuban and Josh "Feedbag" Ozersky who praised BB&B. I found the burger a bit dry and overcooked as a result of the spatula pressed cooking method. Though it reminded me a bit of the unorthodox flat burger I love at Veselka (justly praised by Ozersky), it was a pale imitation with total disregard for temperature. The chocolate malted tasted more of the malt balls they garnished it with rather than Horlick's malt powder and the disco fries (fries with gravy and cheez whiz) were like the bastard spawn of a philly cheese steak and poutine. Of course, Richman then turns his venom towards questioning Adam's and Josh's integrity and knowledge of burgers. Richman hails from Philly, so perhaps I'll shortly have my revenge courtesy of the Yankees.
Bill's Bar & Burger
22 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014