NYC food culture has always been dominated by burger joints.
It’s a phenomenon that has existed since the very inception of the city, and it has become increasingly popular over the past decade, thanks to fast-casual restaurants like Shake Shack and Olive Garden.
These establishments, however, are only one piece of a much larger cultural landscape, which is also home to foodie hotspots like the Brooklyn-based Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and The Bistro at The Village.
These restaurants are a combination of the quintessential New York burger joint, the casual eatery, and a restaurant-to-restaurant experience.
The New York restaurant landscape has seen a steady increase in the number of restaurants, but the food scene in New York City has been growing at a steady clip.
That’s because the city has been able to expand its dining options and the food culture around it, which has been an important factor in the rise of new chains like Popeyes.
“The city has always had a large number of burger joints, but now that they’re getting more of the population in restaurants, they’re seeing more of a trend to add to the mix,” explains Joe Fadness, owner of The Bierwerks, a restaurant in Brooklyn that is the only one of its kind in New Jersey.
Fadnesses first burger joint opened in the city in 2001.
Today, it’s a go-to for the city’s best burger lovers.
He has seen the number from the beginning of his career rise to include some of the most popular spots in the country.
“I started out in New Orleans,” he says.
“Then I moved to Brooklyn.
I started here in Brooklyn, and then I moved back to New Orleans.
And then I came back to the city and started my own burger joint. “
And then after that, I went to The Biershop and it was like the new Mecca of hamburgers.
And then I came back to the city and started my own burger joint.
It was so popular, that I moved it to a whole new space.”
Popeyes is the best of the lot, with three locations in New Haven, Conn.
The chain opened its first location in Brooklyn in 2008.
Fads first Popeyes in New England is in Brookline, Mass.
He first opened Popeyes after moving to New York from New Orleans and was so impressed by the quality of the food he decided to open a second location in New Hampshire.
“There were some people who had been there for a long time, and they said they didn’t want to eat here anymore,” he recalls.
“So we were like, ‘What’s the best place to eat in New America?’
Fades Bier and Pilsner Burger are both popular in the borough, with a couple of locations in Brooklyn and New Jersey as well. “
The Brierbier, a burger and wine bar in New Brunswick, N.J. Popeyes has opened at the top of the burger-heavy menu.
“Some of the places that are great are the ones you’re going to know from one minute to the next. “
If you go to any New York Burger joint, there are so many great places, it is just a matter of getting to know the ones that are good,” he explains.
“Some of the places that are great are the ones you’re going to know from one minute to the next.
I mean, you know, it all depends on the person.
Some of them are like a second home, but you know who they are and how they’re cooking.”
As the number and popularity of restaurants has grown, the trend for burger joints has also grown.
“We’re going into the ’90s, ’00s, and I think the trend is that they all have a little bit of the same menu, and there are always a couple,” Fadess says.
For example, he remembers the one-year-old Shake Shack chain, which he opened in New Britain, Connecticut, in the summer of 2012.
“When I first opened it, I had a really small kitchen and the place was really tiny.
I was just like, oh, it’ll be good for people who don’t have big kitchens,” he remembers.
“But when I came in, we had a kitchen that was like 30, 40 people.
We had to do a ton of prep work.
And when you look at that space now, the kitchen is pretty big, and now it’s been upgraded to a bigger space.”
Restaurants in New Yorkers are looking to create a restaurant that is fun, casual, and accessible.
That means creating something that doesn’t necessarily require any special skills, like a cocktail bar.
“One of the things that is so unique about New York is that it is so open-minded about food,” Fads says.
He notes that many of the best burgers in the world come from the New York area, which makes it an ideal place to launch a business. Fading