Five Napkin Burger is the much-anticipated new burger joint that opened in the old Nickiemoto’s space in Midtown. If you were on Twitter and following any of us foodies, you know there was a lot of chatter going on in the days leading up to its opening. And Five Napkin did a lot of Social Media work to generate a buzz before and during its opening.
I was lucky to snag an invite to their Friends and Family night as well as being invited back because of all the Twittering I’d done. If you ever ate at Nickiemoto’s, it’s safe to say you probably won’t recognize the interior. Five Napkin, with locations in New York, Boston and Miami, has a style they like to keep consistent throughout their restaurants. I really like the subway tile look and unique lighting hanging from hooks. Another unique thing about Five Napkin is the extensive beer and Bourbon list.
On my first visit I tried the Reuben Rolls (see pic below left) and loved them. This appetizer is a good choice because the portion is small (you’ll need to save room for the burger), yet still offers a lot of flavor. And if you are like me and have had those egg roll-like appetizers with pastrami and swiss and been disappointed, this app is nothing like that. It is served in the form of sushi (imagine if a sushi roll were to be deep fried) and even though I don’t like sauerkraut, I mopped it up on this dish. Something about the flavors really come together well in this dish.
I was really surprised to see sushi on the menu. Sushi? At a burger joint? I tried some on the second visit, and they do make it quite well here. Having said that, if I find myself at a burger joint, I don’t think I’d be inclined to order sushi. But I guess it is a good option if you drag someone there who doesn’t eat meat?
As for the burgers, to date I’ve tasted five:
The Original 5 Napkin Burger
The Veggie Burger
The Tuna Burger
The Bacon Cheeseburger
The Turkey Burger
My favorites were the Original Five Napkin Burger and the Turkey Burger out of all. The Original burger with Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions is like whoa! Every bite had gooey cheese and onions. The Turkey burger is topped with peppers and I think there are even bread crumbs inside the turkey to add more flavor. I definitely appreciated how juicy it was as I’ve had Turkey burgers in the past that were completely dried out. Skip the regular or herb fries in favor of the sweet potato fries or humongous onion rings.
They also offer some delicious shakes to compliment the burger, but quite honestly even sharing a shake with my cohorts, left me feeling beyond stuffed. The Original 5 Napkin Burger will run you upwards of $15. Throw in a beer per person and an appetizer and suddenly you are looking at nearly $50 for a couple. So, while the burgers are quite good, they are also quite pricey.