Joyburger
Joy Burger West Village
June 30th, 2015 @ 08:00 PM

Event Description

My people,

On Tuesday, June 30th at 7PM, we shall continue our Grail-like quest for the finest burger in this fair city of ours, donning our meat helmets and gathering at the West Village's Joy Burger Bar. The restaurant's owner has given us the entire outside section of the restaurant, and - as Joy Burger's claim to beefy fame is their variety of sauce - the chef has agreed to create a special, exclusive sauce just for Burger Club.

So come, you knights and knightesses of the Ground Patty, and RSVP here - for when you play the Game of Burgers, you win or you die(t).

(sorry, that last one was truly awful)

Valar Morghulis,

Andrew

10 people have rated

Overall Rating: 7.31

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Taste:
6.2/10
Texture:
6.7/10
Toppings:
7.3/10
Sides:
7.4/10
Value:
9.2/10
Ambiance:
8.0/10
Harmoniousness:
6.4/10
Andrew headshot

Andrew's review

On the eve of Independence Day weekend, let me tell you a little story about America…

When Thomas Jefferson was fighting the Nazis in Germany with his bare hands, he took refuge in a castle (known as a “schloss,” in Deutsch). In the kitchen, he saw a steak and a roll of bread on the table. Because it was Nazi steak, he kicked its ass so hard that it turned into ground beef, and because the roll looked a bit like The Kaiser he sliced in half with his sword-like fists (hence the origin of the “Kaiser roll”). He then lightly grilled the beef, put it between the bun, and ate it with tremendous American pride. It gave him the strength and sustenance to get back to battle and, with Elvis by his side, turn the tide and win the war. Because he was in Hamburg at the time, and because he liked saying “ham” more than he liked saying “beef,” he dubbed it a “Hamburger.” And even though “Hamburger" was a German word, because he was F%$KING THOMAS JEFFERSON he decreed that it would henceforth change to an English word. The end.

That little vignette paints the scene for this past Tuesday’s session, when 14 of us took over the outdoor seating section at Joy Burger Bar West Village to share in a downright pleasant, Freedom-filled evening. The owner and head chef at Joy Burger were magnificently accommodating, and were extremely generous in giving us free trays of fries and onion rings (these were really, really good onion rings) to accompany our burgers, as well as a large selection of their trademark sauces…AND they even created two unique sauces just for us: a kale pesto and a sweet ginger mayo. The sweet ginger mayo was greeted with universal acclaim, both as a burger topper and a fry-dipper, and let’s hope they add that to the menu moving forward.

But we’re not called “The Sauce Club,” are we…the burger itself was decidedly average - even cooked carefully, this is very much your standard patty on your standard sesame roll. The solid value, wonderful ambiance and veritable panoply of sauces couldn’t mask that fact, and in the end the taste, texture and harmoniousness ratings brought down the overall score to a 7.1. Still, for a friendly grab-and-go shot of beefy glory, you could do far, far worse.

Speaking of far worse, my own rating as a human being has fallen back to earth like a firework that didn’t open…clocking in at a disappointing 3.15, I was roundly criticized for sporting a newsboy cap, and also for agreeing with the chef’s decision to not offer us some appetizer salmon sliders that had been sitting out all day. Next time I’m going let you all get salmonella.

User ratings


Chip "The Back Yard King" W.

Joy midi burger

Rating
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Wonderful service and amazing sauces. Andrews rating takes a dip due to rejecting free salmon burgers but an overal score of 2.6

Rating Details

Taste:
6/10
Texture:
9/10
Toppings:
10/10
Sides:
6/10
Value:
9/10
Ambiance:
9/10
Harmoniousness:
8/10

Andrew "Flesh Hound" W.

Joy Burger Cheeseburger (con various sawses)

Rating
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The issue I'm having here is that despite the nice value for the meal and great hospitality, I feel like this experience is wholly contingent upon the burger club itself; without the presence of the club, I fear we would only be left with a mediocre burger at a higher price and a bevy of sauces. Andrew get's a 5 for facillitating what I imagine to be a better Joy Burger experience than usual.

Rating Details

Taste:
6/10
Texture:
6/10
Toppings:
5/10
Sides:
6/10
Value:
8/10
Ambiance:
7/10
Harmoniousness:
4/10

Hayden "Do Have A Cow, Man" M.

The burg

Rating
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Andrew pulled this one off without a hitch and as such his organizational skills merit a perfect ten. Unfortunately he was also wearing a newsboy cap, so I'm forced to rate him a 3.0 as a person.

Rating Details

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6/10
Texture:
7/10
Toppings:
7/10
Sides:
7/10
Value:
10/10
Ambiance:
5/10
Harmoniousness:
7/10

Rating Details

Taste:
9/10
Texture:
8/10
Toppings:
6/10
Sides:
7/10
Value:
10/10
Ambiance:
7/10
Harmoniousness:
8/10

Andrew "The Moo Pie Pirate" O.

Joy burger

Rating
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The sweet ginger sauce was magnificent and should be added to the standard menu. As a burger topper or a fry dipper, it added a pleasing texture and subtle flavor that is just delightful. The olive tapenade was a sleeper as well - delicious and very pleasing on the palate. The burger itself was a bit standard, but was a serviceable vessel for the sauces, which were the main attraction here. The sides held their own - particularly the onion rings. The outdoor tables were great on a lovely night, and the owner and chef were beyond accommodating. A pleasure all around.

Rating Details

Taste:
6/10
Texture:
8/10
Toppings:
9/10
Sides:
8/10
Value:
8/10
Ambiance:
9/10
Harmoniousness:
7/10

Clint "Just say no to vegetarians " F.

Joy Burger

Rating
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Solid value. Ginger mayo sauce was awesome.

Rating Details

Taste:
5/10
Texture:
5/10
Toppings:
5/10
Sides:
7/10
Value:
8/10
Ambiance:
7/10
Harmoniousness:
4/10

Adam "Ron Jeremeat" H.

Maxi

Rating
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Andrew's organization and venue selection was top notch, but...the hat. As much as I tried to adjust, I still struggled with my skepticism and vague discomfort as would a child whose father suddenly appeared with a bold mustache.

Rating Details

Taste:
6/10
Texture:
6/10
Toppings:
6/10
Sides:
9/10
Value:
10/10
Ambiance:
10/10
Harmoniousness:
7/10

Hiral ""the token vegetarian"" S.

Joy Burger - veggie burger!

Rating
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For those interested in the veggie burger and how it stacks up - I'd say this was above average, and must echo the comments of others - that the sweet sweet ginger mayo left me wanting and extra squeeze on my burger. As for Andrew, this forward thinking gent is right to include a token vegetarian...so I'd say high marks for him!

Rating Details

Taste:
8/10
Texture:
8/10
Toppings:
9/10
Sides:
9/10
Value:
9/10
Ambiance:
9/10
Harmoniousness:
8/10

Courtney "Beefiancé" S.

Maxi Burger

Rating
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Those special sauces were wonderful and really brought an average burger to life. Customer service, value and ambience top notch. Andrew as a person gets a 5 for his timeless fashion sense, negotiation of free food and coordination with the weather gods to postpone the rain until all burger aficionados made it home safe and sound.

Rating Details

Taste:
4/10
Texture:
5/10
Toppings:
8/10
Sides:
7/10
Value:
10/10
Ambiance:
10/10
Harmoniousness:
4/10

Elizabeth "La Vache Qui Rit" J.

Midi Burger

Rating
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The Joy midi burger is basically a backyard bbq burger done better. I enjoyed the thin 5 oz. patty, though I would've liked mine cooked closer to medium rare. The rest of the burger components were pretty classic — lettuce, tomato, and red onion on a sesame bun. The real game changers were the specialty toppings. The Joy Burger team hooked us up with a great custom sauce. It was a garlicky, mildly spicy mayo that reminded me of Shake Shack's Shack Sauce. (Speaking of Shake Shack, if Joy served its midi burger on a potato roll, it would've been a pretty convincing knockoff Shack burger.) The other special sauces like the wasabi mayo, pesto, and olive tapenade were pleasant deviations from the ketchup/mustard/mayo norm, but none of them could really compete with the special garlic mayo. The only sauce that I didn't enjoy was the sweet chili. It didn't taste like it had any business accompanying a burger meal.

The non-burger components of the meal, i.e. the fries and onion rings, were top-notch. The fries were perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. My only criticism was that they could've used a lot more salt. The abundance of dipping sauces, however, did make up for that flaw. The onion rings were absolutely delicious. They were lightly sweet and crunchy, and I could've eaten them all day.

On value alone, I would definitely come back to Joy Burger. It's hard to find a good burger and fries combo in the city for under $10, and this one fits the bill. I can see myself coming back here before or after checking out a movie at the IFC.

Rating Details

Taste:
6/10
Texture:
5/10
Toppings:
8/10
Sides:
8/10
Value:
10/10
Ambiance:
7/10
Harmoniousness:
7/10

Who's attending

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"The Moo Pie Pirate"
10945611 10100186358692827 6020238036472483116 n Fay L.
"my anaconda don't want none unless you got burger buns hun "
559658 573281524303 545897968 n Sam M.
"Scottish skirt steak"
10947440 10102437195697199 7553669755464886767 o Chip W.
"The Back Yard King"
198695 10101120795473783 1189592928 n Greg T.
"Ughnnnn It's Greeegggg"
1923876 683504908589 728 n Courtney S.
"Beefiancé"
10448728 10100112058960204 1171889535627607277 o Hayden M.
"Do Have A Cow, Man"
179602 10100634004940904 3288931 n Adam H.
"Ron Jeremeat"
1614177 10100908065142080 3067087705269572892 o Angela B.
"The Sirloin Sorceress"
538503 3747589727335 1870108979 n Whitley E.
"Beef. It's What's For Dinner."
1146499 10151771446926539 926674483 n Justin D.
"Valar Dohaeris"
Missing profile picture Ed C.
"Hamburglar"
1935414 10103598305848154 6882087817774533518 n Alissa P.
"LadyPonch"
12744657 10102149450490848 5750665633860161073 n Sara B.
"Ground Beef Grail-Seeker"
10679948 10101502836755167 6884726880058344142 o Hiral S.
""the token vegetarian""
At nicos square center Quentin D.
"Entrebeefer"
12032077 141054996241212 555227622158484784 n Clint F.
"Just say no to vegetarians "
Philippe with john nash portrait smaller Taste Bud .
"The Fourth Course-Man of the Yum-Patty-Lips"