One of 10 yummy slider recipes, each paired with a craft beer. Photo courtesy Beer & Buns.
Of all the gourmet burger restaurants in New York City, our new favorite is Beer & Buns, in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan. Hopefully, the concept will expand to our neighborhood…and hopefully, we’ll be able to get in the door.
Beer & Buns has a Thai chef, Wisit Panpinyo (known to his colleagues as Chef Nok). He draws upon European and Asian influences to create a slider-fusion concept, serving up the rich flavors of Thailand and Southeast Asia as well as the Western favorites. The culinary team has paired each recipe with a craft beer.
Want a bigger bite? There are a few regular-size burgers:a classic with marinated ground beef plus two vegetarian burgers, chickpea and portobello. Guests can select a wide range of sauces including chipotle mayonnaise, spicy ranch dipping sauce, curry mayo and soy ginger sauce.
And then there’s the “B&B Indulgence,” which at $250 per burger is beyond our budget—but we did enjoy tasting it at a media preview.
What’s in a $250 burger?
A patty of Kobe beef is topped with Sauternes-sautéed foie gras, fresh truffles & Beluga caviar, served on a homemade bun. The combination of the beef and foie gras was celestial, but the truffle and caviar flavors got lost in the process. If we could have the burger with foie gras only for, say, $50, we’d be there regularly.
But if you’ve got deep pockets, by all means go ahead (and take us as your dining companion). Plan ahead: The chef would your order at least one day in advance to ensure the freshest ingredients.
You’ll want to try them all!
Bangkok Dangerous: Traditional tom yum whole shrimp, lemongrass, lime & Thai vinaigrette on a brioche bun.
Bollywood Bite: Grilled chicken thighs marinated with a Tandoori Indian herb & topped with spicy yogurt sauce on a brioche bun.
Grouper On Fire: Grouper filet fried, topped with spicy chili sauce & sweet basil on an onion brioche bun.
Kuala Lumpur Zest: Chicken breast marinated with satay seasoning & topped with peanut sauce on a potato bun.
Mediterranean Garden: Chickpea burger, lettuce, tomato & Tahini sauce on a mini pita roll.
Osaka Breeze: Salmon filet marinated with lemongrass & teriyaki sauce on an onion brioche bun.
Phuket Fantasy: Lump crab cake infused with green curry on an onion brioche bun.
Roman Evergreen: Marinated grilled portobello mushroom, micro greens & brie on a mini ciabatta roll.
Seoul Secret: Short ribs slow cooked with vegetables, fresh herbs, red wine, & Korean beef sauce on a mantou bun
Southern Smack Down: Pulled pork shoulder marinated with fresh herbs, vegetables & Japanese soy sauce on a mantou bun.
And they’re nicely priced: three sliders for $12 or five for $17.
Be sure to order a selection of everybody’s favorite sides: traditional French fries, Parmesan truffle fries, sweet potato fries, homemade potato chips, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, beer battered onion rings, beer battered vegetable tempura and sautéed bok choi.
The rest of the menu is a round-up of casual chic:
Fried chicken strips with spicy chili sauce and chipotle mayo.
Pulled pork quesadilla with Cheddar, Manchego cheese and the fixings: guacamole, salsa and sour cream.
Pork or vegetable potstickers, served with ginger soy sauce.
Chickpea burger, pulled pork and tandoori chicken with peanut sauce sliders. Photo courtesy Beer & Buns.
Coconut shrimp, beer-battered and deep fried, served with pineapple salsa.
Garlic chicken wings, beer battered and served with blue cheese & spicy ranch dipping sauces.
Salads: Caesar, Chef Nok (an Italian chef salad), Cobb, grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, tuna seaweed avocado, seasonal mixed greens.
Desserts are all-American: bread pudding with caramel sauce, truffle chocolate cake; New York cheesecake and a mixed berry parfait.
In the warm weather, there’s an intimate outdoor courtyard space.
For reservations call 212.686.1600 extension 2364, or email email@example.com.
We can’t wait to go back