This is a review of one thing and one thing only: the cheeseburger at Boilermaker. l am a lover of great hamburgers. l also work at night, making it difficult for me to find a great hamburger on the occasion when l'm craving one when l get off my shift. The EV actually does have a couple of places where good burgers are available at a late hour, notably Black Market and the old standby, Veselka. Both of these places are *just* far enough off my route home that l'll only go if l'm terribly hungry, or if l'm having a terrible craving.
Enter Boilermaker. Not only is their kitchen open until closing time [i.e. LATE], they make what might be the best regular burger l've had in NYC. The first time l had one here, l got it the way it's offered standard on the menu, topped with a variety of sweet pickles from Jeepney: l found myself opening up the bun and removing the stuff. lt certainly doesn't taste bad, but to me it just distracts from what is otherwise a really, really excellent burger. The next time l came in, l ordered it without the Jeepney toppings; the bartender gave me a little spiel about how they balance the burger yadayadayada, but l explained that l liked it better with the traditional lettuce/tomato/onion/American cheese toppings.
Long story short: Boilermaker makes a fkn OUTSTANDING cheeseburger. Better than Burger&Barrell, Veselka, Miller's Crossing, Black Market, Black lron, Mikey's, Corner Bistro...it's just kinda perfect: crunchy crust, beefy flavor, meat::squishy bun ratio, a sure hand with the seasonings [l think there's something there besides salt and pepper, not sure what, but it works really well, and might be the thing that puts the flavor above the other places l mentioned]. All the elements that contribute to making a cheeseburger satisfying and delicious are working harmoniously here. When l stopped in a few nights ago, the burger was so good that after l finished it, l just needed more. l ordered another one. lt was as great as the first.