2010-09-22 / Restaurant of the Week

Bareburger is Organically Better

When I first visited BareBurger just over a year ago, they were the new kids on the block with a new concept in all-organic burgers and fries. Today, BareBurger has become everyone’s goto spot for delicious burgers, fries, sandwiches, salads and more. In fact, when I’m not sure what I want to eat, I always want to go to BareBurger. The owners of BareBurger are proud to announce the opening of their second location in the heart of Greenwich Village at LaGuardia Place. The Astoria location is ideally perched on a quiet corner on 31st Avenue and 33rd Street, with plenty of outdoor and indoor seating. All the food served, including meats, potatoes, vegetables and dairy products is certified organic and grown or raised without pesticides, hormones or antibiotics. Taking the concept further, even the cups, straws, take out containers and bags are made from biodegradable corn and sugar cane. Guiltfree, good eating is available to the whole family, seven days a week.

First, choose the kind of meat or vegetable you want your burger made from. Tender beef, protein-rich bison, elk, ostrich or lamb go well with a variety of toppings, and the menu suggests wonderful combinations. If you don’t eat meat, there’s grilled chicken, Cajun

spiced chicken, veggie burgers and a juicy Portobello mushroom burger that tastes like a sirloin steak. Next choose your toppings and even the bun that your burger sits on. I love the multi-grain roll and brioche roll, or those eschewing carbohydrates can have their burger wrapped in crispy lettuce.

The menu has been revamped to include a few new varieties of burgers, as well as a half a dozen sandwiches and a slew of fresh salads. The new pesto red pepper burger is quite popular, topped with creamy havarti cheese, roasted red peppers, baby spinach and special pesto mayonnaise ($9.95). According to the menu, this option is well-suited for the grilled chicken or Cajun spiced chicken. Alex, the friendly manager, says the most popular burger is the avocado California burger topped with aged cheddar, Haas avocado, tomato, red onion, crisp lettuce and a splash of balsamic dressing ($11.95). This time around I tried their new grilled pineapple turkey burger, topped with havarti cheese, smoky turkey bacon, grilled pineapple, fried onions, lettuce and tomato and BareBurger agave mustard. ($10.95). If you appreciate combining sweet and savory flavors, you’ll love this burger as much as I did. Bison and elk burgers are lean and flavorful, topped with a slice of Monterey jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and the special BareBurger sauce that makes this original BareBurger so delicious ($8.95). Ostrich meat is high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol. Try one with Danish bleu cheese, smoky bacon, sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions for a unique taste that you’ll need two hands for and several napkins.

 

BareBurger fries are freshly cut from premium, organic potatoes and fried in pure peanut oil which gives them their addictive flavor and crunch. I can’t get enough of them, especially when you dip them into organic ketchup, fabulous BareBurger sauce, chipotle mayo or curry sauce. The onion rings are great too. The “Cubby” meals are a hit with the kids and why shouldn’t they eat organic too? An organic hot dog from the “Koala” meal or multi-grain mini grilled cheese sandwiches from the “Polar” meal will keep the kids content and well-fed. Don’t forget to order a creamy, frosty milkshake, made from organic milk and ice cream. Adults can imbibe organic wines and beer or sip on a variety of “Free Trade” coffees and teas.

BareBurger added a nice variety of sandwiches to their menu, with kudos to the Haas avocado chicken club. Layers of tender, grilled chicken, avocado, apple wood smoked bacon, tomato, red onion and mayo rest between three slices of multi-grain bread for a sandwich that will keep you going all day or night ($10.95). My companion loves the salads, and dove into her favorite: Cranberry bleu salad tossed with baby organic spinach, toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, bleu cheese and balsamic dressing ($8.95).

Also new on the menu is hearty breakfast, served on Saturdays and Sundays only, from 10am to 2pm. I can’t wait to try the carrot cake French toast or the multigrain pancakes. Have your lunch or dinner delivered with a $15 minimum order. BareBurger is open seven days a week from 11am to 11pm weekdays and until midnight on weekends.

Whether you care about eating organic food or not, BareBurger is the place for a wide variety of juicy burgers, hearty sandwiches, salads and weekend breakfast. The casual atmosphere appeals to hipsters and families with kids alike and all are welcome. Congratulations on your second location in Manhattan, but we’re happy you’re here in Astoria!
 

BAREBURGER
33-21 31st Avenue
Astoria • 718.777.7011
www.bareburger.com

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