Burgers: Black Tap

Date: 1/17/2017

Borough: Manhattan

Address: 529 Broome Street

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What we ordered: 

  • All American Burger w/ Fries (would recommend)
  • Turkey Burger Salad (would recommend)

Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $33.75

The scores:

Ratings (1-10) Rob Missy
Taste 8.25 8.25
Presentation 7.5 7.5
Setting 8 7.5
Value 7 7.5
Overall 8 8

Ryan comments:

We kept Ryan in her car seat on the floor. She was awake for almost the whole meal, and this was her first pacifier experience. She wasn’t sure about it at first but she mostly came around and kind of liked it.

Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): 7.5

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General Comments:

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beers is from a Michelin-star chef, and while it’s namesake is the burgers, they’ve taken on a cult following thanks to their Instagram-famous and over the top milkshakes.

Black Tap now has three locations in Manhattan, but we visited their original location in Soho which is pretty small with just 15 stools around the bar. There can be lines well around the block (thanks to the shakes), but we came here for a very early dinner and on a very rainy day so there was no wait for us and there were quite a few seats still open throughout our meal.

 

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Coming so early worked out well for us as we got a spot at the end of the counter that had room on the floor for Ryan’s car seat. The staff was super accommodating and took our folded up stroller downstairs so it wasn’t in the way, and they seemed to seat people away from us so it was empty around us.

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They had some loud music on and the waiter/bartender was singing along and was very friendly. The place had a good bar vibe in general.

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Their menu has an impressive selection of burgers available, both with different meats (prime burger, ground turkey, waygu beef, falafel and black bean patties, etc.) and different toppings. They also have several burger salads that are obviously thoughtful and have proper toppings and dressings to match the patty.

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Their milkshakes are on a separate menu and it almost felt wrong not to order one on this visit, but we didn’t want to distract our palates or our appetite from the burgers. For reference, though, this is what one of the shakes looks like (we have been to another Black Tap just for a shake but haven’t tried their burgers until now):

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Back to the burgers…Rob got the All American Burger with french fries. It’s a prime burger patty with lettuce, tomato, pickles, American cheese, and special sauce. Black Tap uses Pat LaFreida beef so you know it’s going to be good.  He ordered the burger medium-rare and it came out almost medium, but it was still delicious.

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The bun was toasted and looked a little scorched but overall the burger had a great mouth-feel. The meat was very well-prepared and was soft. There was a generous coating of cheese on the patty. The fries were nice and crispy and salty, and generously portioned.

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Melissa’s turkey burger salad had a lot of good components – kale, apples, cranberries, bleu cheese crumbles, and avocado. The turkey patty itself was large and delicious. It tasted high-quality and was well-cooked and seasoned. Both of us were very happy with our meals.

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Overall we both loved our burgers here and kept remarking how it’s a shame that most people visit only for the milkshakes and skip the burgers. We’ll definitely be back for them, and maybe next time we’ll split a shake too…just for research.

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