Saturday, October 17, 2015

@NYCWFF 2015: Day 2 BBD's Judged Winner of Burger Bash, But the People Choose Black Tap and Really Like EMMY

The 45-Day Day-Aged Burger is very flavorful, helped by D'Affinois cheese and red wine caramelized onions on a brioche bun. Photos by Yours Truly.

MANY have cheese. And, of course, pork. Collards cole slaw? Yes. Bone marrow is in a couple. Then, there is the one with grits on the side.

All of this culinary convo is about the Blue Moon Burger Bash, a crowd favorite and the main event on the second day 2 of the New York City Wine & Food Festival (No. 8). For the first time, the burger bash features an official mac&cheese emporium, the Smack Down.

The judge’s winner of the burger bash: Second-time contender Ralph Perrazzo for the BBD’s Steamed Double with diced onions and pickles. On the side, BBD’s Garbage Fries (a little bit of everything from the kitchen).

The favorite of Yours Truly is The Standard Cheese Burger from The Standard Grill Why? With lettuce, tomato, pickle and sauce, it is a reminder of the classic American hamburger. No frills, thank you very much.

The people’s choice winner: Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer by Joe Isidori. Runners-up are Shake Shack and another favorite of mine, Matthew Hyland’s EMMY Burger (from Emily).

It boasts dry-aged beef, EMMY sauce, sautéed onions, Grafton cheddar and cornichon on a Tom Cat pretzel bun. That melted cheddar takes it to another good place.

Among the more than 20 competitors are some really good burgers. Listed through out this dispatch are the burger the ingredient{s} that brought it.

From The Standard Grill, a simply, delicious hamburger.

Some of the stuff on tap today, Day 3 of NYCWFF: Stacked: Sandwiches and Sides, Rose Brunch, Jets + Chefs: The Ultimate Tailgate, New York Yankees Pinstripe Brunch, Washington State Wine Road Trip hosted by Rob Bigelow, A Dinner with Sebastiano Lombardi of Hotel Il Pellicano and Mark Ladner, Caviar, Champagne and Cocktails, WSJ+ Talk: Why We Love Meat, Ramen Party and Midnight Jazz Breakfast

EMMY BURGER (the melted Grafton cheese)

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer (the people's choice winner)

Lil BRGs (combo of Wagyu beef, special sauce and jalapeno cheddar grits)

BBD's Steamed Double (the judges' winner)

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