Umami /uːˈmɑːmi/, a savory taste
A couple months ago I started hearing murmurs about this Westcoast burger spot that had just landed in NYC.
I’ve never been big on burgers. For the longest, burgers in my mind meant beef(which I didn’t eat growing up) and turkey burgers meant dry. So it’s only recently that I’ve gotten into burgers and enjoying the simplistic beauty of them– they’re all about the meat; which is what I enjoy. No amount of condiments can save a dry, overcooked burger.
Hearing that Umami Burger is all about the quality of the burger itself and all else truly builds on top of that as a compliment to that patty, is what made me put them on my must-try list!
The NYC location is at 432 6th Ave., the heart of Greenwich Village. I was pleasantly surprised when I stepped inside. This wasn’t your run of the mill, greasy burger joint. Which I knew, but I the atmosphere is warm and cozy, a tad crowded but it’s Manhattan so that’s expected. I didn’t spend too much time getting caught up in the decor though, clearly I was there for the burgers. My lunch date went for the truffle burger. Their signature patty topped with truffled cheese and a truffle glaze.
I was feeling adventurous and I’ve recently been on a duck obsession, ordering duck whenever I see it on the menu, so I went for the 5 spice duck burger — the specialty burger for this location. It actually isn’t listed on the menu but having done my research, I knew it was an option!
I realize this isn’t a pretty picture but it is what it is guys. I went for the bun-less option so my duck patty with peach apply chutney, caramelized fennel and crispy duck skin came sandwiched between two butter lettuce leaves.
The patty was packed with flavor. I know 5 spice powder isn’t something common in American cooking so many people may shy away from this burger because of that. Don’t! The 5 spice is present but not overpowering and a great compliment to the duck. The crispy duck skin was barely there, and the same goes for the caramelized fennel which was also visually unappealing.
French fries are the most important category on my food pyramid so I also had to try the fries with truffle cheese and truffle salt. The truffle flavor is satisfyingly subtle; which I was SO grateful for because truffle has the ability to completely take over a dish. The cheese is light and fries are perfectly crisp.
And don’t forget about the sauces! Four dipping sauces come with the fries: ketchup, jalapeno ranch, a garlic aioli and another sauce that I couldn’t identify but tasted like a cheesy ranch. Each and everyone of them were delicious! I’d return to Umami simply to eat fries, that’s how much I enjoyed them. It’s apparent that I have a fry problem though
Two burgers, two fries, one beer and one ice cream came to a hefty sum of $52. I can’t say that I’ll be making this a regular part of my food regimen but I didn’t mind the pricetag. I completely get that you’re paying or the quality here but I do think that the regular fries should be included with a burger purchase.
Umami is definitely an experience to be had. Next time I’d love to try the original which comes with a parmesan crisp, shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions and roasted tomato. I also noticed that upon request they will top the burger off with a fried egg! I’m definitely trying that!
I know, I know. You’re all tired of hearing about Thanksgiving leftovers. Hopefully all of your leftovers are done by now unless you froze them. It’s general rule of thumb that you shouldn’t eat any cooked food, even if it’s been refrigerated, after 7 days.
I’ve hated leftovers since I was a kid. Just ask my mom. However, as a budget conscious adult, I’ve learned to embrace them. Especially when I’m able to freshen them up by turning them into a new dish. I’ve always done this with food but never dessert, so when I peered over at the three fourths of a pecan pie taking up real estate on my kitchen counter, a lightbulb went off to create a pecan pie milkshake!
What You Need:
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup pecan pie(crust and all)
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
Pour the almond milk, pecan pie and ice cream into the blender and pulse until still thick yet smooth.
Pour it up in a nice tall glass and enjoy!
A little sweet, a little salty paired with the occasional chunks of pecans and crust. Mmmmmm! I nearly drooled on my keyboard just reminiscing about it lol.
It’s a quick and easy way to shake dessert up a bit for the holidays.