Umami Burger NYC

BY TARA BURKE 

Umami Burger originates from California and only has two locations in the city. We heard a lot of great stuff about them and their unique take on burgers. As the name suggests all their burgers are made with “Umami dust,” a blend of anchovies, mushroom powder and soy. That in itself doesn’t sound that appetizing, but trust me the Umami and “master sauce” bring these burgers to the next level. They also have several burger options that come with truffle sauce and I just love truffle oil on anything and everything.

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Cailin got the Truffle Burger. It comes with truffle aioli, house truffle cheese and truffle glaze. She took one bite and said it was the best burger she’d ever had. She so graciously let me have a taste and it was really delicious. It had a sweetness to it that you normally don’t experience with burgers, but when combined with all the other flavors made for one divine bite.

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I got the Sunny Side Burger, which comprised of parmesean frico, fried egg, truffle butter and truffled arugula. It was packed with flavor and the parmesan frico added a great crunchy texture. The fried egg made it a huge mess to eat, so not ideal for a date night meal, but if you’re with people you know well I’m sure they won’t mind if you eat like an animal just this once.

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We added some truffle cheese fries to the mix to finish off our great experience at Umami Burger. Oh, and one more thing to mention, Umami Burger usually has a great deal on one of their burgers. On this night Cailin’s Truffle Burger was only $8! That’s a really good deal for NYC. Till next time, Umami!

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Dough

BY TARA BURKE 

We’re super late to the game, but we hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Cailin and I used the day as an excuse to treat each other to basically anything either of us wanted to do. Cailin chose to go to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which we will cover in another post coming up this week! We planned on going to the show on Valentine’s Day, but missed the rush tickets so we opted to extend Valentine’s Day to Sunday and Cailin treated me to breakfast at Dough and dinner at Umami Burger, which you’ll also be able to check out in an upcoming post. This post alone will make you hungry enough, haha!

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We went to the Flatiron location of Dough which originally started in Brooklyn. It’s a small space with only one large table for seating, so you may have to stand around stalking out a seat for a little while if you plan on eating there. All the doughnuts looked absolutely delicious, so it was really hard to choose, but I ended up deciding on the Hibiscus and Dulce de Leche flavors. Cailin got a Nutella filled donut and their Chocolate Raspberry flavor. The Hibiscus and Raspberry flavors came in heart shapes to celebrate the holiday! How adorable is that?!

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They were so delicious. The Hibiscus was really fruity and sweet tasting. I don’t know how to describe the flavor exactly as I’ve never had anything like it (it gets some of its flavor from actual hibiscus flowers), but if you’ve ever had any fruity flavors on doughnuts before, you’re sure to like this one. The Dulce de Leche was all the caramelly creamy goodness I thought it’d be and the toasted almonds added a great crunch.

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Cailin loved her Nutella filled doughnut as it was the closet thing she’s going to get to the Nutella filled beignets we had in Nice, France. She just wished it was a little larger, since the size is much smaller in comparison to the non-filled doughnuts. Cailin is a lover of all things chocolate raspberry so she undoubtably loved that the raspberry flavor really held its own against the chocolate.

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In addition to the innovative flavors what I liked most was how crispy the dough was on the outside and how light and fluffy it was on the inside. The crisp was similar in taste and texture to actual fried dough. YUM! They also aren’t stingy with the amount of glaze they put on, so you never have a bite that isn’t as good as the next. We can’t wait to try some more flavors on our next visit.

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