I didn’t go into Bill’s Bar & Burger blindly. I had tried their burger before. Well, a version of it at the SoBe Burger Bash. I liked it so much that when it came time to place my vote at the Burger Bash I voted for Bill’s without any hesitation. When I mentioned to George Motz (Hamburger America) that I would be in New York City for a few days he suggested we meet up at Bill’s.
George brought along his friend Kris (an EBT: Expert Burger Taster) and I was with my wife Marcela and our good friends Carlos & Linda Giusti (they’re New York folk). Everyone ordered a Burger except for Linda who decided to order the New York Hot Dog.
We order Bill’s Boneless Chicken Wings to get into the rhythm of things.
The boneless wings are tossed in Frank’s Red Hot and served with a side of blue cheese. I never tried the blue cheese dressing because the boneless wings were so soft and delicious I thought I might be committing a crime by dipping them. The Texas Brisket Chili was not of this earth. Honestly.
The smokey taste of the brisket with the bacon & spices were really just unbelievable. The chili is topped with onions, cheddar cheese, and sour cream but it’s not necessary. We liked this chili so much we took some to go. The fries and beer battered onion rings are the perfect accompaniment for their burgers.
Let’s start with the Tuscan Turkey Burger with provolone cheese on whole wheat bun. If I was a turkey burger this is who I would want to be. Fresh ground turkey with a little char on the outside, great stuff.
The Mushroom and Swiss Burger with its squishy bun were awesome but…
nothing comes close to Bill’s Classic. I had mine with American Cheese. I took my first bite and I thought one thing: This is what a burger should taste like. There’s no denying this is freshly ground beef and best of all it’s cooked to perfection on a griddle (nice little crispiness on the outside). It was the same feeling I had when I first tried Bill’s burger a month earlier except this time it caused me to say “It’s sickeningly good” and I stand by that statement.
If you live in New York and haven’t eaten here, shame on you. And if you’re visiting New York City, run don’t walk here. On my next visit I plan to come here straight from the airport (I’m not kidding). Don’t forget to order a shake while you’re at it, we were all blown away by them also.
Texas Brisket Chili Time:
Bill’s Bar & Burger is CLOSED
Neighborhood: Meatpacking District
22 Ninth Avenue at W 13th St, New York, NY