Bareburger on 7th avenue and 1st street in Brooklyn has to be the most Park Slope of all Park Slope restaurants.
The locals turn out to this place in droves. Hipsters ironically sip organic shakes and enjoy classic cartoons on TV while the mamarazzi treat their kids to grass-fed burgers and fries within steps of their beloved P.S. 321. (“Madison, pass the chipotle mayo to your sister.” “Mom, can we have sashimi tonight?”) Children waiting for tables press their faces up against the vestibule windows. Adults await the organic wine and beer.
All this hoopla for good reason: the burgers are fantastic.
Bareburger gets a lot of things right. The meats are flavorful and juicy, cooked right to your specifications. The brioche buns are soft and nicely chewy. The toppings are fresh, varied, and interesting. The sauces are creative. All of it is organic, of course, and the menu has lots of words and phrases on it that people like, such as “grass-fed,” “pasture raised,” “rbgh-free,” “local,” and “NO GMOs.” So don’t worry about a thing.
The big decision is whether to make your own burger or to go with one of their creations. Too many of those creations have bacon (which is delicious, of course, and hormone- and nitrate-free, but let’s not use it as a crutch). The best is the “original,” a simple beef burger with colby jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions. When I’m being creative and not too frugal, I do bison on brioche with sharp cheddar, fried onions, avocado, tomato, and special sauce. It runs me $16.10. Sigh.
Speaking of bison, bareburger offers an eclectic assortment of burger options, including elk, ostrich, and wild boar. All of it farm raised, of course. Since it’s Park Slope, and because it’s the right thing to do, there are also three vegetarian burger options, and any burger can be made with a vegetarian base. Toppings include four kinds of onions, three kinds of bacon, three kinds of pickles, seven kinds of cheese, and your choice of seventeen sauces (only one of which has bacon). Chances are you can find what you want.
The fries are the kind that actually taste like potatoes. They’re pretty addictive, and a full order comes with three dipping sauces–curry ketchup, special sauce, and habanero chipotle mayo–giving you some nice flavor varieties. Additional dipping sauces cost 55 cents, which is nuts, but I guess they have to cost something or else people like me would ask for all of them at once.
Bareburger Park Slope
170 7th Avenue (at 1st Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Tel. (718) 768-2273
P.S. The Bareburger franchise has great locations around the City, including its original branch in Astoria and a relatively new location in Midtown West.