Thursday, April 21, 2011

Black Iron Burger Shop

I’m working on a film that starts shooting today, so I may not have time to eat any veggie burgers, let alone post about them, for the next few weeks. But since yesterday was my birthday, I made sure to treat myself to a burger for lunch…


The art director and I were in the east village already, and I remembered coming to Black Iron Burger Shop once before with some friends, but that time I had just eaten and so did not have room left in my stomach to sample the falafel burger! This time I came prepared with a hearty appetite.


The burger comes with lettuce and tomato, but since it was my birthday I treated myself to extra toppings of grilled onions and jalapenos. And it turned out that those were a brilliant choice, because their strong flavors complemented the falafel flavor amazingly well. Now I want to eat more burgers with jalapenos on them!


The bun was your standard soft, squishy, lightly toasted and topped with sesame seeds. I asked the waitress if the burger was vegan or not, and she kindly went to check with the chef, who confirmed that the falafel patty itself was vegan but the bun it was served on was not.


I know I expressed some disappointment over the falafel burger from the GO Burger food truck, but Black Iron Burger has now given me a new appreciation for falafel burgers. Or maybe I was just super hungry from a long morning of work? But this falafel patty was perfectly crispy on the outside, flavorful and rich on the inside, and not too dry in combination with the other components (patty, toppings, etc.) My choice of jalapenos and onions definitely contributed to how much I enjoyed it, and I’d recommend that you order them as well if you come here to try the burger!

First photograph taken of me at age 25!

A very satisfying (and filling – we were stuffed after our meal!) birthday lunch. We ordered a side of fries too, but couldn’t even finish them between the two of us.

I should also note that I think this restaurant has one of the coolest bathrooms in the city – look at these walls:

Cost: $6 (extra toppings $0.50 - $1.50 each, fries $4)
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Burger patty: 4      Bun: 2      Toppings: 5

Black Iron Burger Shop
540 East 5th Street
between Avenue A and B
New York, NY 10079

I did have to spend the rest of my birthday working, but my lovely art director gave me a cupcake from Champs Bakery, and I received happy birthday wishes from the whole film crew. And my awesome father gave me a gift certificate to Candle Café, so look forward to a review of their veggie burger coming soon!

YumVeggieBurger review #55


  1. Happy birthday! By the way, my bf and I went to thistle hill tavern based on your review. I liked it!

  2. Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a great one!

    That burger looks delish! The bun actually looks really good, mostly because it's not too bready looking, if that makes any sense.

  3. The burger looks delicious and you look lovely! Happy birthday (belated though it is)!