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The Happiest Hour
April 5th, 2016 @ 07:30 PM

Event Description

The Happiest Hour's cleverly-named 'The Happiest Burger' has been dubbed by NY Eater as the "Love Child of Shake Shack and In-N-Out...a double-pattied, expertly seasoned, dripping with American cheese, canyon-deep with flavor from onion confit and a sauce touched with mustard." People from Yelp have also described the burger, but people from Yelp are idiots. We're going to try this bad boy ourselves, taking the big table and doing the dirty deed with this dastardly, double-pattied delight.

16 people have rated

Overall Rating: 6.18

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Taste:
6.4/10
Texture:
6.3/10
Toppings:
6.3/10
Sides:
6.8/10
Value:
4.6/10
Ambiance:
5.8/10
Harmoniousness:
7.2/10
Andrew headshot

Andrew's review

Earlier this month, a select crew of us took a test drive in our shiny new cattle-Cadillac of a website, winding up at The Happiest Hour in the West Village. There, we hoped to find a no-frills, affordable burger in a jovial, congenial atmosphere. Sadly, like Moses and the Golden Fleece, we were misled.

First things first, this is a perfectly nice burger - many commented that it’s more or less a higher-quality Big Mac (or In-N-Out style burg for my western brethren), but there’s no denying that it’s pleasing for the taste buds. Would you seek it out? Unlikely. Would you fight an innocent child to the death for just one sumptuous bite? Probably not. But would you gratefully slam one down after a night on the town? Undoubtedly.

That said, this was not a night on the town. This was Burger Club. We are an epicurean and discerning lot. We are also lovers of value, and here was where our troubles began. A $12 burger is fine, but to not include fries (another $4 - though admittedly exceptional) is a brash and dangerous move. Then, to charge $9 for a 12 ounce beer and $16 for wine/cocktails is to spit in the face of all that’s still decent in this world. Said one commenter: “What is this, Per Se?”

No…no it was not Per Se. Unless Per Se has become an Alien Mothership Breeding Ground for the most Brotastic Broligarchy of Broverlords...a literal Brotanical garden of the Broletariat…a Holy Broman Empire…let’s just say the ambiance took a hit as well.

User ratings


Andrew "Doing it my way" B.

The Happiest Burger

Rating
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Andrew's organization skills: 5.5

Rating Details

Taste:
8/10
Texture:
7/10
Toppings:
6/10
Sides:
3/10
Value:
3/10
Ambiance:
6/10
Harmoniousness:
6/10

Greg "Ughnnnn It's Greeegggg" T.

The Happiest Burger

Rating
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It's a good backyard burger. The fries are fantastic and needed no ketchup. My biggest issue is the overall value - this shit is not a $16 meal not to mention $9 beers.

Andrew looked really tall tonight which is really offensive. Thanks for making me feel insignificant.

Rating Details

Taste:
7/10
Texture:
7/10
Toppings:
7/10
Sides:
9/10
Value:
4/10
Ambiance:
5/10
Harmoniousness:
7/10

Matt "Double Double Animal Style" H.

The Happiest Burger

Rating
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Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date.

Rating Details

Taste:
5/10
Texture:
4/10
Toppings:
4/10
Sides:
2/10
Value:
5/10
Ambiance:
5/10
Harmoniousness:
6/10

Laura "Short Rib" G.

The Happiest Burger

Rating
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Amazing organizational and technical skills!! Way to go Andrew!

Rating Details

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

Jason "Wood eye! Wood eye!" W.

The Happiest Burger

Rating
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Andrew? Clever chap. Too bad really.

Rating Details

Taste:
7/10
Texture:
5/10
Toppings:
3/10
Sides:
5/10
Value:
5/10
Ambiance:
2/10
Harmoniousness:
6/10

Sam "The Meat Hammer" H.

The Happiest Burger

Rating
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Great place! The drinks and fries are top notch but not a truly memorable burger. I wouldn't hesitate to order it again, but not something to come here for specifically. The drinks and fries however...

Rating Details

Taste:
6/10
Texture:
5/10
Toppings:
7/10
Sides:
9/10
Value:
4/10
Ambiance:
8/10
Harmoniousness:
7/10

Lisa "P.E.T.A (People. Eat. Tasty. Animals) " L.

The Happiest Burger

Rating
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This was decent but I would not seek out this burger. It's salty and has a McDonald's like texture. However if I was hammered and eating it I would think it's great as fast food fix .

Rating Details

Taste:
5/10
Texture:
5/10
Toppings:
5/10
Sides:
5/10
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5/10
Ambiance:
5/10
Harmoniousness:
5/10

Alissa "LadyPonch" P.

The Happiest Burger

Rating
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Andrew, as a person, again, another race to the bottom as far as humans go.

I like our server who was easy going and seemed cool with a table of a million people. And her curls had a prefect amount of bounce.

The shoestring fries were a treat but I am morally opposed to not having sides included in the overall price of burger. What is this? Per Se?

The hamburger left a lot to be desired. I had recently planned a run to end at Five Guys and found that burger much more satisfying.

Rating Details

Taste:
6/10
Texture:
5/10
Toppings:
6/10
Sides:
9/10
Value:
3/10
Ambiance:
8/10
Harmoniousness:
7/10

Dana "Francesca1" F.

All American Cheese

Rating
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How do you get better than sweet Andrew? Not possible xoxo

Rating Details

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

I loved this place mostly because all of my friends (and the burgers) were here. Now it's time to go home!

Rating Details

Taste:
2/10
Texture:
8/10
Toppings:
1/10
Sides:
5/10
Value:
3/10
Ambiance:
10/10
Harmoniousness:
10/10

Adam "Ron Jeremeat" H.

The Happiest Burger

Rating
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A glorified Big Mac, not that that's a bad thing. Overall a solid grease burger/fries combo but the $8/$9 beer price point hurt me deep.

And, call me a Luddite, but after all these fancy website upgrades we don't have the ease of manually adding an Andrew-as-a-person score like we did in the paper and pencil days. I don't trust this.

Rating Details

Taste:
8/10
Texture:
8/10
Toppings:
7/10
Sides:
6/10
Value:
3/10
Ambiance:
3/10
Harmoniousness:
8/10

Hayden "Do Have A Cow, Man" M.

The Happiest Burger

Rating
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Love the 1$/ounce beers!

Rating Details

Taste:
6/10
Texture:
5/10
Toppings:
6/10
Sides:
7/10
Value:
4/10
Ambiance:
2/10
Harmoniousness:
7/10

Doug "Vegan1" O.

All American Cheese

Rating
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Andrew Is such an incredible person it defies belief.

Rating Details

Taste:
8/10
Texture:
8/10
Toppings:
9/10
Sides:
6/10
Value:
7/10
Ambiance:
5/10
Harmoniousness:
8/10

Andrew "The Moo Pie Pirate" O.

The Happiest Burger

Rating
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This is a tasty burger. Basically a Big Mac taken to the next level, and it's a harmonious, well thought out package - texturally pleasing, solid beef, and a well arranged stack. That said, there are caveats - drinks are extremely overpriced - $9 for a small beer, the fries - while absolutely delicious and a highlight - are not included, the atmosphere is full of obnoxious basicness and bros...but on the whole I'd have to recommend. Also the server misjudged the check $100 in her favor, which was not impressive.

Rating Details

Taste:
8/10
Texture:
7/10
Toppings:
7/10
Sides:
9/10
Value:
3/10
Ambiance:
2/10
Harmoniousness:
6/10

John "Rare" O.

The Happiest Burger

Rating
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Rating Details

Taste:
6/10
Texture:
6/10
Toppings:
8/10
Sides:
7/10
Value:
5/10
Ambiance:
7/10
Harmoniousness:
9/10

The happiest hour is a great burger for that burger fix - but if you're here to rate and judge (which one always is) I'd say that it is an elevated Micky D's with a hip atmosphere. The thin patty and processed cheese allows for a nice texture but it's not worth the price with Fries being a required addition, and the initial bite was salty.... As for Andrew as a person- I think he should have worn a hat so that burger club goers could make more remarks about him.

Rating Details

Taste:
5/10
Texture:
7/10
Toppings:
7/10
Sides:
9/10
Value:
4/10
Ambiance:
8/10
Harmoniousness:
8/10

Who's attending

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"Doing it my way"
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"The Moo Pie Pirate"
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"Ughnnnn It's Greeegggg"
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"LadyPonch"
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"Ron Jeremeat"
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"my anaconda don't want none unless you got burger buns hun "
10448728 10100112058960204 1171889535627607277 o Hayden M.
"Do Have A Cow, Man"
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"The Meat Hammer"
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"Double Double Animal Style"
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"callie"
1621744 10151691360037537 904909418 n Jason W.
"Wood eye! Wood eye!"
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"Short Rib"
1936250 100579839953106 7811015 n Doug O.
"Vegan1"
1614177 10100908065142080 3067087705269572892 o Angela B.
"The Sirloin Sorceress"
29fern videosixteenbynine600 Dana F.
"Francesca1"
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"The Fourth Course-Man of the Yum-Patty-Lips"
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"P.E.T.A (People. Eat. Tasty. Animals) "
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"Ground Beef Grail-Seeker"
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"Rare"
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"Jules Bramble"