A couple of weeks ago, the Financial District location of Zaitzeff was the most bookmarked restaurant on SeamlessWeb. But Zaitzeff had been on my radar screen for much longer than that. Lucky for me, they recently opened a new branch on Second Avenue that delivers to the office, so yesterday I finally got to taste one of their (allegedly) delicious burgers! My selection? I went top shelf with the Kobe Beef Burger (normal size, I wasn’t ready for a half-pound) with aged white cheddar cheese and avocado and asked them to cook it medium rare. Jessie, already a Zaitzeff veteran from her East Village days, opted for the Turkey Burger with the same cheese. We also added an order of French Fries on the side for good measure.
The food came right on time and after a quick photo shoot (see below) we were ready to dig in.
I don’t know exactly how large my burger was, but it was plenty of food, so that half-pounder must be huge! Now a critical part of any burger is the bun and Zaitzeff serves all of their burgers on Portuguese muffins, which is an excellent decision. The muffins are soft and complement the burger nicely, while adding a little extra taste on top of a typical bun. Burger-wise, the meat was well-cooked (not overdone) and the burger was tender and easy to eat. Topped with lettuce, tomato, sautéed onions, cheese, and avocado, there was a lot going on, but it all managed to remain harmonious. My only complaint is that the bottom of the muffin got a bit soggy as I was eating it, but that’s fairly typical and a good sign of a juicy burger. Overall, I thought the burger was delicious. Fries-wise, we could tell that they were high quality, but unfortunately by the time we got to eating them they were a bit cold. The microwave helped on that front, but as with all fries, these are a get ’em while they’re hot treat if possible.
Now while Jessie had eaten at Zaitzeff in the past, this was her first turkey burger and it wasn’t quite as glorious an experience as she was hoping it would be. Ultimately the problem was that the turkey was kind of dry. Maybe this will keep her on the beef side for the future? On the plus side though, she also loved the bun (seriously, I wish all burgers were served on muffins…English muffins work too!) and thought the cheese and onions were excellent.
On the whole, Zaitzeff keeps its menu simple and focuses on what it does best: burgers. And once they get the meat right for the turkey variety, they’ll be set since the accoutrements are so good! We’re happy to have them in the neighborhood and look forward to ordering again when a burger craving hits.
Check out Zaitzeff’s menu (or try one of their 2 other SeamlessWeb locations in the East Village and the Financial District) and feel free to give us recommendations for future orders in the comments.