burgers n bling

BURGERS N' BLING: MOB BROOKLYN

 

I'm no food critic—just a fashion girl who loves a good piece of red meat. Not one to let an opportunity pass me by, I created this column as an excuse to eat burgers while wearing jewelry on a regular basis and tell you about my favorites. Welcome to Burgers N' Bling—accessory features with a side of beef. 

(from left):  Mob Brooklyn  burger (available  here );  Issy Salomon  Friendship bracelet and Memphis bracelets in blue and orange (available  here )

(from left): Mob Brooklyn burger (available here); Issy Salomon Friendship bracelet and Memphis bracelets in blue and orange (available here)

CALIFORNIA MOB BURGER @ MOB BROOKLYN, $14

525 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

I will probably never eat another vegan burger again -- I adore red meat and these imposters just aren't as photogenic. However, if I do venture to the darkside again, I can assure you it'll be the signature California Mob Burger from Mob Brooklyn. If i've learned anything about vegans it's that they may pass on the beef, but they definitely don't scrimp on the fat or salt. Covered in gooey caramelized onions, creamy herbed cashew cheese, and hefty chunks of avocado, I probably wouldn't have even noticed if the crimini mushroom patty wasn't there at all. A choice beef imposter, I learned from my vegetarian lunchmate, for its similarity in texture, this particular shroom not only satiated me like a real burger -- I left feeling overstuffed. Packed between a deliciously soft potato roll and served with a heap of thick-cut potato wedges (or salad if you're having a fat day), the California Mob Burger is the next best thing to not being vegan. 

California Mob Burger by  Mob Brooklyn : crimini mushroom burger, house baked sweet potato roll, avocado slices, herbed cashew cheese, caramelized onions 

California Mob Burger by Mob Brooklyn: crimini mushroom burger, house baked sweet potato roll, avocado slices, herbed cashew cheese, caramelized onions 

(from left):   Issy Salomon   Memphis bracelets in pink, yellow, & purple and Dinosaur necklace (available   here  ) 

(from left): Issy Salomon Memphis bracelets in pink, yellow, & purple and Dinosaur necklace (available here


 

BURGERS N' BLING: MILLER'S NEAR & FAR

 

All my dating profile says is that "I hate cats, I love burgers" because, you know, that really tells you a lot about a person. Despite Taylor Swift's efforts, cat people are weird, and there is no way a hard-core carnivore could end up dating a vegetarian or, even worse, a vegan. Luckily I live in a city that is essentially a mecca for burger joints and enthusiasts like myself. Not one to let an opportunity pass me by, I created this column as an excuse to eat burgers on a weekly basis and tell you about my favorites. Since I am not a food critic and rather just a fashion girl who loves a good piece of red meat, I figured I'd shake things up and give you Burgers N' Bling -- accessory features with a side of beef. 

From left:   Dannijo   jeweled cuff/ring;   Eddie Borgo   five finger ring (available  here );   Glitter Bomb   bracelet (available soon); Vintage   Gucci   watch

From left: Dannijo jeweled cuff/ring; Eddie Borgo five finger ring (available here); Glitter Bomb bracelet (available soon); Vintage Gucci watch

THE N & F BURGER @ MILLER'S NEAR & FAR, $14 

65 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10001

Set in a low-lit space with vintage decor and sparse seating, MIller's Near & Far gives off the vibe of an underground hangout -- it's glamorously discrete -- and this quaintness makes it the perfect spot to waltz into on a Sunday evening for some cozy bites. As soon as I saw Pat LaFrieda's name listed under ever burger on the menu, I knew I had found THE SPOT. For those of you who aren't as well-versed in the language of "meat celebrities," this is the guy behind almost every steak and burger on your best-in-the-city list (think Minetta Tavern and Shake Shack). Chef and owner Chris Miller further enticed me with his restaurant's namesake creation, the N & F Burger, and its Big-Mac jingle of a description: "two 4 oz Pat LaFrieda patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun." Who could resist a gourmet version of America's classic double cheeseburger? Served as rare as you want it, the N & F burger is a melted stack of juicy beef and white american cheese only amplified by its exclusive secret sauce. Zestier than the mayo and ketchup combo made famous by McDonald's, Miller's Near & Far steps up the super burger game again with its amped up, garlic-infused rendition. The point is that when you are using good beef you can get away with anything -- even re-creating a fast food sensation -- and I'm excited to try the more adventurous selections on the menu, particularly the Bialy Brunch Burger (crispy bacon weave, runny egg, cheddar cheese, on a toasted kossar’ bialy). Hungry yet? Head to the LES and give Miller's a try. 

Burger by   Miller's Near & Far     - 2 all beef 4 oz Pat Lafrieda patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun with fries

Burger by Miller's Near & Far - 2 all beef 4 oz Pat Lafrieda patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun with fries

From left:    Dannijo    jeweled cuff/ring;    Eddie Borgo    five finger ring (available   here  );    Glitter Bomb    bracelet (available soon); Vintage    Gucci    watch

From left: Dannijo jeweled cuff/ring; Eddie Borgo five finger ring (available here); Glitter Bomb bracelet (available soon); Vintage Gucci watch

From left:    Dannijo    jeweled cuff/ring;    Eddie Borgo    five finger ring (available   here  )

From left: Dannijo jeweled cuff/ring; Eddie Borgo five finger ring (available here)

Starving? On a date? Try the  2 CHEESEBURGER MEAL : Pat LaFrieda patty, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, on a potato bun with fries

Starving? On a date? Try the 2 CHEESEBURGER MEAL: Pat LaFrieda patty, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, on a potato bun with fries

Photos by Lucas Shanks 


 

BURGERS N' BLING: WHITMAN'S

 

All my dating profile says is that "I hate cats, I love burgers" because, you know, that really tells you a lot about a person. Despite Taylor Swift's efforts, cat people are weird, and there is no way a hard-core carnivore could end up dating a vegetarian or, even worse, a vegan. Luckily I live in a city that is essentially a mecca for burger joints and enthusiasts like myself. Not one to let an opportunity pass me by, I created this column as an excuse to eat burgers on a weekly basis and tell you about my favorites. Since I am not a food critic and rather just a fashion girl who loves a good piece of red meat, I figured I'd shake things up and give you Burgers N' Bling -- accessory features with a side of beef. 

From left:   Kate Spade   bangle (available  here );   Snash Jewelry   gold cuff (available  here );   Custom   chain bracelet (want one? email us  here );   DEIVIE   ring (available  here );   Kirna Zabete     x Target   lips cuff (available  here );   Maybelline   Color Show nail polish in Audacious Asphalt (available  here )

From left: Kate Spade bangle (available here); Snash Jewelry gold cuff (available here); Custom chain bracelet (want one? email us here); DEIVIE ring (available here); Kirna Zabete x Target lips cuff (available here); Maybelline Color Show nail polish in Audacious Asphalt (available here)

FAMOUS "JUICY LUCY" @ WHITMANS, $12 

406 E. 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

It's always fun to try a burger from a place that specializes in them -- these are the spots that get really adventurous with their flavor combinations. In the mood to shake things up, I finally tried the East Village burger bar, Whitman's, and the experience was a montage of *pow* emojis. After some serious menu anxiety (I am the worst at food decisions), I finally settled on the Famous Juicy Lucy, a pimento cheese-stuffed short rib delight topped with caramelized onions. Served on a super soft sesame seed bun, simple enough to complement the otherwise decadent burger, the Juicy Lucy is a gooey, cheesy dream. I was literally on the brink of hanger mania when I arrived, but once my order of sauteed kale arrived, salty and crisped to perfection, and I took a bite of this burger, all was at peace. Not to mention they serve Genesee beer, which scores them extra points just for being cool.  

Burger by   Whitman's :  Beef short rib blend burger stuffed with pimento cheese, served with caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato, spicy pickles and special sauce on a sesame seed bun. Caution: juicy lucy is very hot in the middle and might squirt.

Burger by Whitman's: Beef short rib blend burger stuffed with pimento cheese, served with caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato, spicy pickles and special sauce on a sesame seed bun. Caution: juicy lucy is very hot in the middle and might squirt.

Whitman's   Famous Juicy Lucy 

Whitman's Famous Juicy Lucy 

From left:   Custom   gold chain bracelet (Want one? inquire  here );   Kirna Zabete x Target   lips cuff (available  here ) 

From left: Custom gold chain bracelet (Want one? inquire here); Kirna Zabete x Target lips cuff (available here