The burger had a nice, almost beguiling texture for the first few bites, as though the patty had a good sear to it. But as it got colder, the taste of the patty left an aftertaste that betrayed its origins. The sauce on the burger was tasty enough, but it wasn't enough to get me over the hurdle of the patty's aftertaste. Fries were passable! They very reluctantly sat all 13 of us at one table, leaving one guest standing for the first 20 minutes. Andrew's tardiness and the fact that he has removed the Andrew as a Person official rating? I'll be generous and give him a 3 for today.
The first bite of this burger confirmed everything I had heard - it lived up to the lore. This was a meat-forward experience, and it did not disappoint. The bun was light in texture, but it rather magically held up to the patty and sustained its juiciness. There were not many toppings to speak of, and that worked for me. The fries were crispy and plentiful (overall the plate was not quite enough to validate a higher value rating for a steep $33...). Staff were attentive, music was on point and the overall atmosphere was a cozy breath of fresh air after the disappointing (dare I say hostile?) environment at Momofuku Nishi. Andrew was going to get a 5 as a person, but then he revealed he had been waiting outside in order to trick us into thinking he would be late, so for his falseness he's now down to a 2.
The Mangold is an A+ burger. High points for taste, texture and harmoniousness on this one. The addition of brisket into the patty was a revelation. Cooked medium rare, this was a near perfect patty. I had hoped for more of a kick from the horseradish cream so the toppings rating suffers a little. I got the crack kale for my side, but really should've gone with the blue cheese fries (Andrew gets a point as a person for sharing some of his - I'd call today's performance a generous 5.1 from Andrew - he's inviting us all over to his place after, so it's more of an expectation of high marks than anything else I suppose). Ambiance was nice and casual with a 90s heavy soundtrack (always appreciated by this group). Easy for the space to get loud. Still, we are probably as loud a group as will ever grace this place. I'll be back for the Juicy Lucy!
The gabagoool burger was the first one I tasted, and it was marvelous. The idea to wrap the patty in mortadella to insulate it from sogging the bun was A+. Fried mozzarella added texture, and the basil on top was a nice little surprise.
A strong and delicious burger. Loved the spice mixture and the customized tomato sauce, and the yogurt sauce. Though I think the sauce on bottom could have been protected from the bun with a layer of something veg. Rock on.
I liked the texture with the addition of shrimp to the patty. Good flavor, and also good touch with the butter/vermouth brush on the buns before grilling them. Because the party was more complex, the toppings were better left simple. Could have had a tiny bit more of a kick in the remoulade, but then again I'm a hot sauce masochist.