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Big Smoke Burger Opens Flagship Store in Chelsea

Big Smoke Burger Storefront
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Burgers? I sure do. Burgers have been a bit of a Thing for a while now, so there are many different places competing for your money when you want a red meat fix. There are a few places scattered around the city that I frequent, and each does something special with the simple culinary pleasure that is the hamburger. Now, I am adding a new favorite to that list.

Burger Prep

Canadian Burger Chain Big Smoke Burger has just opened its flagship store in Chelsea and I recently had the pleasure of being won over by their no-frills approach to creating a big, juicy burger the way you would make one to fire up on your own backyard grill.

This past Sunday, July 13th, Big Smoke Burger held a private event in their new home on 7th Avenue, at which owner Anthony Fauci pledged a $20 donation for every person in the door from 6-10 PM. All proceeds went to The National Urban Technology Center and the Legacy School for Integrated Studies, located on West 14th Street, to help to transform young lives through the use of technology. So, good burgers for a good cause, woo!

Poutine

During the fun evening, guests were invited to sample a full range of Big Smoke’s delicious sandwiches and sides, which include first rate hand-cut fries and also Poutine – a Canadian specialty similar to NYC’s own Disco Fries – which adds cheese curds and brown gravy atop a generous portion of fries. These indulgent fries are a meal on their own and are sure to win lots of fans!

Big Smoke Burgers on a Tray

The trays of fresh-from-the-grill burgers made the rounds every few minutes – it was sheer burger heaven!

Big Smoke Burger

Big Smoke’s menu is divided into a Classic Burgers section featuring Cheese and Double Cheese Burgers, Veggie Burgers and Grilled Chicken Breast Burgers, and Signature Burgers, including the namesake Big Smoke Burger, dressed with Lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, smoked cheddar cheese and horseradish mayo, which you see pictured above. This burger is amazing, so flavorful and juicy with fresh toppings. Plus, look how huge it is! A fresh Lamb Burger topped with Cilantro Feta spread is also on the menu and many other burgers include toppings such as goat cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, sautéed mushrooms and variety of delicious mayonnaise-based sauces.

Big Smoke Menu Board

Milk Shake Shots

And who could resist a shot of one of Big Smoke Burger’s fresh and luscious Milkshakes? Not this girl!

Outdoor Patio Coming Soon
Outdoor Patio Coming Soon

There’s lots of room to dine in at communal tables and even a small bar, and the restaurant also has 880 square feet of outdoor space which should be open as a partially covered patio by fall 2014.

King
Meet King

Service is also friendly, quick and personal, which is important and very much appreciated! One of our servers at Sunday’s event was King, who was all about friendly service. Thanks King, I hope to see you again on my next visit!

Big Smoke Burger is Located at 70 7th Avenue, Between 14th and 15th Streets, in Chelsea, New York City. Visit them online at This Link.

Big Smoke Burger Signage

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Dorian Grey Gallery Presents Walter Robinson Indulgences

Walter Robinson Indulgences Exhibit Signage
All Photos by Gail

Dorian Grey Gallery in the East Village hosted an informal brunch today to promote its current exhibit, Indulgences, works on paper and recent paintings by New York artist Walter Robinson. As you might infer from the show’s title, Indulgences includes paintings of sweets and fast food favorites, pharmaceuticals and alcohol. The show also includes a selection of celebrity portraits, nudes and romance novel covers, but I didn’t feel compelled to shoot pictures of any of that stuff, so, you know, just go to the gallery and check it out.

True Cigs and Heineken Beer

Someone standing next to me in the gallery asked me if they even make True Cigarettes anymore. I said I have no idea, because I don’t smoke.

Diner Food Triptych

I like this triptych of Diner food favorites, especially the Cheeseburger Deluxe. Mmm… Cheeseburger.

Pancakes

Looking at this painting of a Stack of Pancakes made me very hungry.

Table of Snacks

Who knew you could work up such an appetite just from looking at Art? Fortunately, Dorian Grey Gallery provided some snacks and beverages.

McDonalds French Fries

McDonalds Large Size French Fries
are indeed a masterpiece.

Burger Trio

A trio of Hamburgers. I believe the one on the far right is a Whopper.

Pastries

My mouth is watering just uploading my photos to this post.

Plate of Brownies

These Brownies look Delicious.

Stack of Money

This art made me think: I wonder how much money is in this stack of cash, and are all the bills ones, or just the top bill. Art!

Gallery Shot

Indulgences will be on Exhibit Through March 31st, 2013 at Dorian Grey Gallery, Located at 437 East Ninth Street (Just West of Avenue A) in NYC. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Sunday, Noon to 7:00 PM.

Fresh & Fast Burgers Announces Feel-Good Friday to Benefit the Bowery Mission this Thanksgiving

Fresh & Fast Burgers, the Flatiron District’s fast food burger joint, is proud to launch Feel-Good Friday this coming Friday, November 18th. For every burger sold throughout the business day on Friday, Fresh & Fast will donate a burger to the Bowery Mission this Thanksgiving. The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879, and is one of the oldest and most recognized shelters.

Fresh & Fast is a classic fast food establishment that celebrates ‘fast food’ similarly to the way it was before it became a bad word (synonymous with poor quality food). Using all fresh ingredients, Fresh & Fast serves a custom blend of beef from NYC’s own Master Purveyors; the burger is a custom-created blend by New York’s most respected meat company, featuring angus prime cuts taken from the same cattle that supply premium steaks to Peter Luger’s. The result is a flavor greater than any of the other fast food burger in New York, whose beef would not pass muster in New York’s best steakhouse. While Fresh & Fast beef is served in a fast food setting, you won’t find this flavor and quality anywhere else.

In an effort to support hungry New Yorkers this holiday season, Fresh & Fast asks their customers to help support this cause, and it’s as easy as just buying a quick lunch or dinner. The first Feel-Good Friday will go towards a delivery to the Bowery Mission for Thanksgiving, and additional Friday promotions will be implemented throughout December for the Christmas holidays. Visit Fresh & Fast between the hours of 11 AM and Midnight November 18th, and your burger order will also feed a hungry New Yorker for Thanksgiving.

Fresh & Fast is located at 111 East 23rd Street between Park and Lexington in the Flatiron District. For more information on how you can support the Bowery Mission, please visit Bowery Dot Org.