Where urban meets suburban...
I believe in quality over quantity but only 6 ounces for a burger?? I feel that $9-$12 is reasonable for organic beef, but that the size of the burgers should at least be 8 ounces. The health aspects of eating less meat are diminished when you have to eat more fried foods like onion rings or French fries, which cost extra, to compensate for such a small size burger.
Is $25 for a small hamburger, fries, and a soda, including tax and tip, really considered reasonable? In this economy, really?At Shake Shack, a double-burger, Yukon fries, and soda will only run you $11...and I'm referring to their locations In Madison Square Park, and the Upper East Side
Shake shack uses lower quality meat and bread, offers standard toppings and are counter service, which keeps the operating costs lower. Also, their fries are crap. You eat them because you want fries with a burger and there they are, but nothing to actually call quality. Bb offers organic beef, bison, boar and ostrich which would jack up the price on selection alone. Plus they have table service which means higher operating costs. Their shakes are organic and their sodas made in house, meaning they are not mass produced and will cost more. You need to compare oranges to oranges. Cheeburger an run about $40 for two people with lower quality ingredients and fewer options so I'd say bb is pretty reasonably priced.
And why must the burgers be 8 oz? Are you really for the fattening of America? If bigger is always better for you, I hope to god you never eat at Per Se or Daniel. You'd have an aneurysm. Sorry but I don't need to eat a half pound of meat or eat part of it and waste the rest. It's called quality and tasteful portions. I'm sure you didnt even realize that the dressings for the burgers are inventive and tasty rather than your standard lettuce, tomato, etc. People who don't understand quality food really get my goat.
This is disappointing, there is no breakfast offered like in the Astoria branch.
I agree about the fair pricing. We are talking about organic and locally grown. You can't compare Shake Shack which does not use the same ingredients. For those that don't care, there's always Johnny Rockets or Cheeburger and those prices do compare.
Pricing is totally fair at bareburger! This attitude of "must have cheap prices and large portions" is probably the reason why we dont have edible food in forest hills. 6oz of meat is plenty of food, especially when the toppings are piled on and there are fries invovled. Anyone know if they have the great organic beer on tap that they have in the astoria location?
Another thing to take into account is the net weight after cooking. What starts out as more raw meat at Shake Shack or Cheeburger may end up as the same amount or less meat after cooking as the meats at Bareburger.
why do people have to eat in excess anyway..a serving size of red meat is like 3 ounces cooked..add toppings, fries and a drink and you have had plenty of food and calories lolas for reasonable prices..well this is NY and nothing is reasonable anyway..if you are looking for seriously cheap eats go for the dollar menu at the fast food joints.I cant understand why people dont appreciate what places like bareburger moving in mean for the neighborhood and its future. you dont have to love it just hope that it means current and new FH restaurants will have to step up their game to get business. As of now most FH restaurants serve very mediocre food and really dont care.
Fries dont come with the burger, they are priced as a side. Add it all up, it's $25 for a SMALL burger, fries, and a soda. OK for a lunch if you can afford it, not really suitable size wise or meal wise for a dinner. I will delay any further judgement and see what develops here. Good luck to Bareburger. Nonetheless I wish it had been a nice restaurant with true dinner entrees that had opened. I'll go back to dreaming now.
I am one click from pulling the plug on your comment because it is so asinine (I really probably should just delete it). Differences of opinion are one thing, but your comment is so far removed from reality I will use it only as an example of what I will not tolerate on my blog. If you actually eat at the restaurant and have a valid complaint you are more then welcome to comment about it here.if you want to just pull things out of your ass and write them here, as you have done, you'll find it will only be a waste of your own time.
Here here! I had the Cuban sandwich at Bareburger and split the fries with a friend. The sandwich was huge consisting of the boar patty plus toppings, and so were the fries. I did not finish my sandwich because i was too full. The fries went unfinished as well because of the large portion. I only had water to drink so nothing else was taking up space. If you feel the need to eat an entire cow on the cheap, I suggest you try the sizzler or a few burgers at McD's. I would say the portions are more than satisfying as a large dinner for an average weighted person.
Yikes! As i posted earlier, i used to live next to the original BB in Astoria. My advice is for people to check this place out in a couple of weeks.. this location is not up to snuff just yet. Just to let you know how much i love BB... called tonight and asked if they delivered.. they're not delivering yet. OK, can i get take out? Sorry, we're not doing take out yet. OK.. its cool, they opened on Monday. Im sad, but ill make it. Planning to order, yet again, from Bann Thai but really could not get the thought of delicious burger and orgasmic fries out of my head. So I go to BB by myself. Again, this should give you an idea of how good Bare Burger can be. Im alright taking a table by myself on a Sunday evening.. its that good. Wow! Seated for 15 minutes before a waiter takes my order. There appears to be confusion about which waiter was responsible for my table. Wait another 10 minutes. Sitting there about 25 minutes without a drink. Fries come before the water i asked for.. without dipping sauce. The fries are not "made to order" as they were in Astoria (not sure if they advertise this.. but it was a hallmark of the frie deliciousness of Astoria). Do they really "hand cut" 1-2 inch stubs of french fries? Cause if they do thats weird. Yeah, these definitely look like the bottom of the bin fries if. Oh look, i found three or four 4-5 inch french fries! A couple of minutes after the fries come i see a server wandering through the restaurant with one burger, walking from table to table and trying to guess where this burger should land. I know this is my burger BC i am the only loser taking a table by myself but he never gets close enough to me for me to claim it. 5 minutes later another waiter brings me my burger. The burger is **warm**.. not hot. Again, Astoria BB is known for bringing out your burger immediately.. its smoking hot at arrival. Not only is the burger warm, the bottom bun is soggy. UGH!!! BOOOO. WHAAAaaaaa. MomMMMeweeeee! :-( :-( :-( :'-(So here i am eating 1200 calories of mediocre. For $20. BoooOOO!Whats funny, for all the commenters here scandalized by the size of the burger, is that the 6 oz burger was WAY bigger than 6 ounces. Just not a hot 6 oz or served on a proper bun. Anyway.. writing this was cathartic. I hope this restaurant is successful and i hope they get their act together. As i said, Bare Burger Astoria was EXCELLENT. My hope is that the management will work out the kinks PRONTO! Although, sadly, this could probably pass for all the crappy restaurants and service here in forest hills.
So you had a bad experience at Bareburger. I went there Saturday night with two friends and none of us had any problems at all. The food was great. And we each ordered different things. Everything from the grilled chicken sandwich one of us had to the Bison burger I had was excellent. I've never had a bad experience at any of the Bareburgers, including ours. I have never had their fries. I found that part of your experience interesting. I'll have to try them. I had the onion rings for the first time last night. I thought they might be more original, but they were kind of ordinary onion rings - they were good, but I was thinking they might do something more inventive with them since they are so creative with everything else.Anyway, sorry you had such a disappointing experience but just thought I'd reply to say how great our experience was Saturday night! :)
We went Saturday for lunch. Before it opened, I thought Bareburger was a fast-casual place (as in, you order at the counter and someone brings the food out). So the prices made more sense to me when I realized it was a sit-down place. The food got raves all around. Service was good overall for its first week -- there was an issue finding a high-chair at first, and I don't think we were offered drink refills, but those were minor issues. Best of all: If you have an allergy, they'll cook the fries in canola oil instead of peanut oil. Which means we'll be back. Often.