Burger: 1/4 Kobe
Location: 72 Nassau St, New York
The ugly duckling, that tastes like a beautiful swan..no that doesn't work...well looks can be very deceiving is all, and this is one of the best examples.
Zaitzeffs' is a family run burger restaurant in the city, where Bleecker owner Zan Kaufman used to work and learnt her trade. The key lessons she picked up; whilst keeping it 'simple', buy the best, ensure quality fresh ingredients and give every part the special attention it needs. What's clear on your first bite is how good quality the beef is.
Zaitzeff never compromises quality. Zaitzeff uses fresh, grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free beef that comes from small cooperatives in Washington and Oregon. We work together and are very proud of our stores.
The grass fed beef has been minced and formed faultlessly. Cooked medium rare, it delivers on a meaty flavour as good as any patty I've tasted. There is a rumour they don't season their meat - can't be right. It's far too tasty.
Any doubts of the toasted Portuguese muffin being too thin are quashed rapidly. It's essentially removed the air you'd get from a bigger bun and gives you the right sized bite, minus a squeeze.
The cheese, I agree, doesn't look right, thick and un-melted, It reminded me of the sandwiches my Mum used to make me for school. I'd imagining it clumping up in my mouth but again, it fooled me. It was soft to touch and melted with your bite to pair with everything, realising a mellow, creamy cheddar flavour. Bacon was good. Chopped grilled onions were great, very In-N-Out. It was only the salad I had any issue with and it was removed swiftly.
One of the more surprising burgers I've eaten and not a household name that would necessarily be on your must eats when in NYC, but it should be.
Overall Rating 9/10