Beer & Buns Totes NYC’s Most Expensive Burger

Beer & Buns Totes NYC’s Most Expensive Burger

New York City isn’t known for being cheap, so much so that an eccentric aspiring politico even tossed his hat in the ring a few times running for NYC public office under the tactfully blunt Rent Is Too Damn High Party. Yes, the rent is a bit steep, but the food can set you back a few bucks, too. NYC foodies have gleefully (or begrudgingly) chowed down on $240 sushi, as well as sundaes and pizza for a cool grand each. Now, the Midtown East neighborhood Murray Hill is home to a new eatery—Beer & Buns—that boasts a gourmet burger with a $250 price tag.

I visited the restaurant, attached to the recently renovated Tuscany – A St Giles Luxury Hotel, earlier this week. While there, I sampled a number of Asian-inspired apps in the lounge-like dining room, including Pulled Pork Quesadillas and Fatty Chicken with Chipotle Mayo. The restaurant, however, gives a major shout out to the slider, offering a number of varieties (three for $12 or five for $17) like Seoul Secret, short ribs slow cooked with vegetables, fresh herbs, red wine, & Korean beef sauce, served on a mantou bun, which I tried paired with Xingu Brazilian Black Ale; and the Southern Smack Down, including pulled pork shoulder marinated with fresh herbs, vegetables & Japanese soy sauce, served on a mantou bun—which I washed down with a sampling of Radeberger Pilsner. On the seafood front, other diners enjoyed Bangkok Dangerous, traditional tom yum whole shrimp, lemongrass, lime & Thai vinaigrette, served on a brioche bun—paired with Harpoon UFO White; and Grouper on Fire, grouper filet fried, topped with spicy chili sauce & sweet basil, served on an onion brioche bun and paired with Founders All Day IPA—a great bubbly brew for spicy selections.

The pièce de résistance, however, is the restaurant’s much-talked-about B&B Indulgence, House Specialty Burger—the infamous $250 burger. What’s between the homemade artisanal buns you ask? Think Kobe beef, foie gras sauteed in Sauternes, fresh truffles & Beluga caviar. I got to try a slider-size version, sans the cavier (allergies), and the flavorful profile one would expect from this fancy pants fare is definitely in play. The foie gras gives the patty a silky, earthy flavor while the aromatic truffles add a slightly smoky quality. When you head to the restaurant for the full-size version, which the staff kindly asks that you order at least a day in advance, you can choose an appetizer and a side. Plus, the folks at Beer & Buns will send you on your way with a T-Shirt that immortalizes the experience. For more on the restaurant, click here.  

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