Black Iron Burger, or BIB as we diehard fans call it, is a gem tucked away in the depths of the East Village in New York City. The closest subway stop is the 1st Avenue L, and from there, it’s a bit of a hike to E 5th Street between Avenues A and B. Is it worth every step? Absolutely. Yelp users rated BIB at 3.5 stars, which is wildly underrated. Let’s talk shop for a moment here.
Setting: Though dimly lit inside, the large windows near the entrance create a source of natural light with a nice breeze during the summertime. There are several televisions around the restaurant and above the fully stocked bar, and an eclectic playlist of today’s top hits as well as oldies but goodies. The tables are all kept clean, stocked with an island of utensils, condiments, and stacks of napkins (you’ll need them!).
Service/Menu: The staff is friendly, fast, and helpful. There’s a great selection of beers on the drink menu, both bottled and on tap. The beers come in mason jars, which is fun and very “pubby” of them. The simple to follow, affordable menu offers a great selection of appetizers, specialty burgers, make-your-own burgers, and fries. There are even vegetarian and healthier options. However, the real star of the Black Iron show has to be the hormone-free all natural Black Angus beef used in the burgers. Upon ordering, you will be asked how you’d like your burger cooked *cough, cough, medium rare*, and it will come exactly that way. Beautifully done, BIB.
Food: This burger joint is the real deal. Succulent, juicy beef on a warmed bun with any and all toppings you could ever want. Fried egg with a perfectly runny yolk? You got it. Bacon? You got it. More bacon? Yes, please. They have all sorts of cheeses, fresh vegetables, and homemade sauces that will make your mouth sing songs of sheer joy. And the fries? Fresh, crispy, and perfectly fried. You can get those with toppings too! Garlic, parmesan, cheese, bacon… need I say more? The moral of the story is, you have to try Black Iron. Your taste buds will thank you.
Don’t want to trek all the way out to the East Village? Black Iron opened a second location on W. 38th Street, so keep your mouths and noses happy. Make sure you check out Black Iron Burger and follow them on Twitter @BlackIronBurger for the latest updates!