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Whitman's - The Second Coming
July 9th, 2016 @ 05:00 PM

Event Description

Though still drunk off of the Freedom of this past weekend, I have a few important words to share. As many of you know, there are few things I enjoy in life as much as cramming a slab of hot beef into my gaping craw, but among the shortlist are: Scotch, the late music of Beethoven, and, of course, the poetry of W.B. Yeats. In light of the latterest, I’m excited to announce that Burger Club will have it’s Second Coming at Whitman's this Saturday, July 9 at 5PM.

Mere anarchy shall be loosed upon the East Village, as twenty-four of us descend like indignant desert birds upon this fine dining establishment. We shall be taking over the entire underground section, and they will offer an exclusive Burger Club-only Prix Fixe menu just for us.

This was where it all began. In July of 2013, ten of us gathered at Whitman’s to taste and rate burgers, formed a constitution and pledged ourselves to the Glory of the Ground Cow. Now, three years since that beef-dimmed tide was loosed, we return in force to rock the meaty cradle once again.

Come my rough beasts, slouch towards Beef-lehem with me, to be reborn…

19 people have rated

Overall Rating: 8.38

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Taste:
8.8/10
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8.1/10
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8.1/10
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8.3/10
Harmoniousness:
8.7/10
Andrew headshot

Andrew's review

It was 3 years ago to the day, July 24, 2013, that we first gathered our little tribe of sirloin socialites, and the testing ground for our test of ground round was none other than Whitman’s, an unassuming joint in the East Village. We were young back then, foolhardy and drunk on the ignorance of innocence…we checked off our hand-written rating sheets before retiring for the night, never knowing that our little band would soon burgeon into a ravenous herd.

Fast forward three years, and we came back with a vengeance. 24 of us took over the entire basement, feasting on a prix-fixe made just for the occasion.

It was glorious.

Whitman’s is a special place…untainted by the yuppification of the East Village, it remains pure in its focus on low prices and tasty burgers. The variety and creativity of burgers is impressive, and there’s nary a bad one in the bunch - from the magnificent Hound (potato crisps, arugula and gruyere on a bacon-infused patty) to the Juicy Lucy (their cheese-stuffed signature) to the Peanut Butter & Bacon burger to the slammin’ Patty Melt, these are deeply satisfying (yet not so large to leave you overfull), harmonious and downright delightful packets of pleasure. The sides are equally special, from sweet potato fries to crack kale to roast corn, each holds its own special place. The service was top-notch, with our lovely waitress Jane handling our flash flood of filet-floggers without getting flustered in the least. The final result was a 8.38 overall rating, which was enough to crown Whitman’s as the new king of the heap.

User ratings


Mark "Mark" S.

Spicy Patty Burger

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He gave me the wifi password, so I give him an 8 today

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Dana "Francesca1" F.

Patty Melt

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Andrew is always the best

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Chris "Scientaste" W.

PB&B Burger

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Smooth and delicious, but Elvis would have wanted twice as much bacon on it.

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Doug "Vegan1" O.

The Hound Burger

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Andrew centered and mindful. Beyond rating.

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José "Artisinal Chavez " C.

Juicy Lucy

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JUICY JUICY was awesome!

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Andrew "The Moo Pie Pirate" O.

The Hound Burger

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9s across the board. This was a marvelous outing, The Hound is simply a delight, the chips give texture, the Gruyere is smooth as buttered baby fat, and the patty with bacon infused tastes like the love of a child. The staff is top notch and friendly as all get out. The music is on point. The vaue is unmatched. This is glory. I am well pleased. Thank you Whitman's

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It's hard to comment when you have a magnificent hangover saving burger in one hand and this phone in the other. This is a great burger . A hybrid between a backyard burger and an "artisanal" burger, The horseradish provides an unexpectedly delightful combo with the cheddar cheese. The fries were a little cold but I ate them anyway

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9/10
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Nick "Ground Beef Grail-Seeker" B.

The Hound Burger

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Fortunately I have a friend that knows Andrew, and he seems pretty cool

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Gregg "I'll Have Two" K.

The Hound Burger

Rating
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This is a phenomenal burger. The bacon-infused patty gives it that great smoky pork flavor without having to deal with the extra chew on top. The Gruyere was delicious, and judiciously applied - it wasn't a drippy mess the way it might be on a less tastefully made burger. The potato crisps were delicious - and there were just enough to add texture and flavor. A few leaves of fresh arugula give it a nice balance. Also love the size - satisfying, but not overwhelming. Slightly more cooked than I asked for, but not egregiously. Super tasty. I'm a fan.

The Moo Pie Pirate gets all 10s.

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Brian "The Vlasta-kiss-o-death" V.

Patty Melt

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Excellent service. Great melt. Good atmosphere. Aight Andrew.

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Andrew "Doing it my way" B.

The Mangold

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Andrew as a person: 5.2/10

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Greg "Ughnnnn It's Greeegggg" T.

Patty Melt

Rating
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A solid burger. It's certainly not healthy, but it's a patty melt. Everything is solid - good meat, great harmoniousness and and included pickle and chips was a big plus. I wish the meat had a tad more flavor but I'm not mad.

Andrew, however, is a goddamn mess. Not only did he not get the wifi set up properly, but he also drank Adams beer. Also, apparently he got a new watch. Too bad he doesn't have the "time" to look for his own damn beer. 1.15 for Andrew today. The only reason he gets points is because he brought Fay.

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The burger was awesome so juicy I had to eat with knife and fork or take a shower afterwards! Kale salad hit the spot only disappointment was the fries were cold but still tasty And Andrews shirt was too pink

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Zaida "Beefy Dishy" D.

Juicy Lucy

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The burger was great! The beer could have been a little colder.

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Sam "The Meat Hammer" H.

The Hound Burger

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The website is working like a dream! The prix fixe is a delight as well. Happy to revisit Whitmans where it all began - delicious sides and burger.

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Scott "Ground Beef Grail-Seeker" V.

Patty Melt

Rating
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Solid patty melt. Could have been 10% cheesier.

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Adam "Ron Jeremeat" H.

Patty Melt

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I was feeling great about everything happening here until a blur of fitted pink polo swooped in, ripped my beer out of my hands, then proceeded to chug it while I stared in humiliated disbelief. In other words, it was average showing by Andrew and he's earned another 3.0.

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Alissa "LadyPonch" P.

The Hound Burger

Rating
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Is it too late to make a hat that says Make Andrew Great Again. His brief reign at the top was sadly just that. Brief. A fluke. I watched him drink from Adam's cup (not a euphemism) and struggle to sign us all on the wifi. The days of analog Burger Club are behind us, Andrew. Score: 2

Other than that, the burger was a delight. Seemingly simple but with complex flavors and the arugula was a nice touch. I'm here for the fries, obviously. It is the only thing that keeps this old body going.

Ambiance: I took no offense to the Rosie Riveter sign in the corner that encouraged us to buy local wine and fight the recession. But wondering if I'm just a bad feminist. 🙃

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Courtney "Beefiancé" S.

The Hound Burger

Rating
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A perfect burger - very satisfying without leaving you with a feeling of clogged arteries, discomfort, or the need to take a shower. The sides were a generous size. The service was lovely and attentive, the ambience top notch.

Andrew comes in at an all time high for me at a 5. Great planning and bringing a new level of sophistication with the Square technology.

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Who's attending

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"The Moo Pie Pirate"
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"Ground Beef Grail-Seeker"
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"Ughnnnn It's Greeegggg"
179602 10100634004940904 3288931 n Adam H.
"Ron Jeremeat"
10945611 10100186358692827 6020238036472483116 n Fay L.
"my anaconda don't want none unless you got burger buns hun "
1923876 683504908589 728 n Courtney S.
"Beefiancé"
11999564 10107301669712184 6171595408251118697 o Andrew B.
"Doing it my way"
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"LadyPonch"
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"P.E.T.A (People. Eat. Tasty. Animals) "
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"Ground Beef Grail-Seeker"
Gregg kallor Gregg K.
"I'll Have Two"
29fern videosixteenbynine600 Dana F.
"Francesca1"
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"Vegan1"
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"The Meat Hammer"
Raybans sq Chris W.
"Scientaste"
Image Brian V.
"The Vlasta-kiss-o-death"
Missing profile picture José C.
"Artisinal Chavez "
Missing profile picture Hilal A.
"Ground Beef Grail-Seeker"
Missing profile picture Zehra A.
"Behlul"
Missing profile picture Nick B.
"Ground Beef Grail-Seeker"
Missing profile picture Tom S.
"Can you add avocado?"
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"Ground Beef Grail-Seeker"
Missing profile picture Mark S.
"Mark"
Image Zaida D.
"Beefy Dishy"