Monday, January 17, 2011

A Village Pourhouse Burger Feast

Never having the need or the desire to turn down burgers, and especially sliders, my cousin Willie and I attended a preview of a new burger offering at the Village Pourhouse.  Featuring five new burgers paired with beer, it was an evening of savoring, indulging (and some belching too).

The Setting:
Held at the original Pourhouse downtown location in the East Village, the burger tasting was held in a private room in the back of the bar, often used for birthday parties, corporate events and the like.  I loved the lounge-type seating with comfortable leather nooks and plenty of room to spread out.  They had some music going, which was nice but at certain points in the evening got a little loud.

The Food:
We received generous helpings of five types of sliders, each paired with a beer chosen by the Pourhouse.  Of course we tried each and every one the minute they came out, piping hot and wonderfully meaty.

Lamb Burger - My favorite burger of the night was this tender and juicy-as-hell patty, sandwiched between a soft brioche bun.  I loved the onion marmalade that was slathered on top, which provided some sweetness - it melded with creamy goat cheese that gave off the perfect amount of tang. 

Big Blue Burger - Although I absolutely love blue cheese, this was my least favorite slider of the night, as I felt that the meat was sadly overcooked, resulting in a too tough patty.  The combination of flavors in it was good though, including a homemade blue cheese, smoky bacon slices, a pickle and once again that delicious onion marmalade.  I think I would've liked it a lot better if the meat wasn't as toothsome.

Cheddar Burger - This burger was definitely more to my liking, as I felt that the meat was cooked to my taste (it was a lot juicier than its blue cheese predecessor) and I really enjoyed the melted dry-aged Vermont cheddar cheese on top.  I liked that it also included a helping of peppery arugula, which always adds freshness to a meaty dish.

Smokehouse BBQ Burger - Another favorite, the smokehouse burger infused a smoky BBQ flavor into the meat, through a homemade BBQ sauce as well as smoked gouda cheese.  I thought this burger had lots of personality and worked well for people who like a little extra kick with their bar food.

Magic 'Shroom Burger - We finished off our tasting with an earthy mushroom burger - meaning not a veggie burger but a beef burger topped with sauteed mushrooms.  I much rather prefer this to its vegetarian cousin, and Pourhouse added extra flavor to it by adding bacon and homemade parmesan cheese sauce.  Mmmm...this one was decadent.

Burger prices are pretty standard for the city, ranging from $9.99 to $11.99.  If you'd like to taste all of the burgers I just told you about in one shot, the Pourhouse is hosting a tasting this Thursday, January 20th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for $30/person.  The event includes a 2 hour Bud Light Draft open bar.  Take a bite out of that...

3 Mmmms

Village Pourhouse - 64 3rd Avenue, New York NY
L Train to 3rd Avenue

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