North River Fish Bar

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North River Fish Bar Burger

If you’ve ever eaten a meal during a touristy event, you’ve probably experienced sub-par food. Tourist traps don’t focus on their food because they know that their customers aren’t going to be regulars, and they’re there for the attraction, not the cuisine. That’s how you know that North River Fish Bar sees itself as an experience for New Yorkers as much as for tourists.Located on the Hudson River to the west of Times Square, North River Fish Bar is a twice-daily Hudson cruise that spends two hours floating south to the Statue of Liberty and back, all while serving up a meal and drinks. The food is served rather promptly after the boat shoves off. I predictably ordered the burger.

Burger Ordered: Lamb Burger

The Taste: When the burger was placed before me, I was worried that it had been overcooked. It was recommended medium, and so I obliged, but as you might surmise from the photo above, it looked a little too charred at the outset. I’m happy to report that a hockey puck burger wasn’t the case at all. The lamb patty was juicy and rich. It was complimented well with its traditional counterpart; feta cheese. The brioche bun was soft and more than handled the elements that topped it.

The Verdict: I actually liked the burger quite a bit more than the other dishes I ordered at North River Fish Bar. So if you’re looking for a fun activity on a date or with a group of people, a burger cruise on the Hudson is a pretty great way to go.

North River Fish Bar is located at Pier 81 at 41st Street in Manhattan, New York.

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Article by Brad Garoon

I run this burger joint.