Monday, May 14, 2007

National Burger Month Day 14 - Schiller's Liquor Bar

As those of you who read my review of the Balthazar burger a few days ago know I am a friend of Chef Riad Nasr; So when he divulged to me that he felt the burger at Schiller's Liquor Bar, where he is also the Chef, was superior, and for a surprising reason, I had to give it a try. The reason it is better you ask? Because he uses a generic bun instead of the fancy hifalutin custom bun from the magnificent Balthazar bakery.

He is right.

Everything about the burger at Schiller's is as good as it's bigger brother Balthazar except the bun, which is indeed superior. There is something special about the perfectly blank canvas that the white bun provides. Because the bun is slightly flatter than the Balthazar bun it is easier to pick up and offers a more uniform experience, bite too bite. As at Balthazar, the ingredients at Schiller's are of the utmost freshness. The patty, a wonderfully fine mince with hearty flavor is cooked too perfection and comes embossed in golden, molten cheese.


The lettuce, red onion and tomato are crisp and luscious. The bun fulfills its roll perfectly, holding everything in place and soaking up the copious juices from the burger. The sandwich, even with the high quality of its components, is indeed better than the sum of its parts. A jolly good burger.

Schiller's
131 Rivington St.
(Norfolk St.)
Manhattan, NY
212-260-4555


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