Bill’s Bar & Burger: Deliciousness in the New York City Meatpacking District

Yeah, that’s a beauty of a burger right there.

On our last visit to Manhattan we headed down to the Meatpacking District and had lunch at the original Bill’s Bar & Burger– and we’re already looking forward to a return visit! The atmosphere is laid back and very cool (suits the location in Manhattan perfectly), the staff fun and knowledgeable, and the burgers- delish!

Bill’s has sold nearly two million burgers since the first location in the Meatpacking District opened in 2009. The chain has been named one of the Top 10 Burgers in America by CNN- and they nailed it.

Want the scoop on the food and our visit? Keep on reading!

Bill’s Bar & Burger Locations

We dined at Bill’s on the corner of Ninth Avenue and 13th Street in the Meatpacking District, but there are two other tasty Manhattan locations:

  • Bill’s Rockefeller Center- 16 West 51st Street at 5th Avenue
  • Bill’s Downtown: 85 West Street

The Nitty Gritty: How’s the Food?

One word: Delicious.

I’m happy to elaborate on our meal with both food porn and their descriptions.

Apps

Let’s start with The Kid’s Tomato Pizza Soup. A tomato base loaded with Mozzarella, Parmesan, herb croutons, and topped with pepperoni- just as you’d expect a great pizza to be topped.

Ahh, Loaded Nachos. Decked with Texas chili, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and fresh pico de gallo, the large plate is filled with flavor and crunch. The jalapeño peppers on top gave it that nice heated kick that Mr. Locke loves.

Fried Pickles and Peppers. These beauties were my favorite appetizer. Lightly breaded and fried to a crisp, we had our choice of banana or jalapeño peppers. We chose the banana peppers and the saltiness of them, along with the pickles, was breaded heaven in my book. Served with a side of Ranch dressing to balance out the heat- I’m talking appetizer perfection on a plate.

Entrees

You can’t go to Bill’s without trying one of their famous burgers (well, I suppose you could, but the name says it all!), so we decided to try three styles! Ours were all 6 ounce, freshly ground beef burgers, but you can definitely choose to opt out of red meat and try a different variety like turkey, veggie, and shrimp.

I couldn’t visit Bill’s without downing the burger the restaurant is known for: the Classic. It comes
with cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and Bill’s special sauce, but I customized mine. 
Just looking at this photo makes me hungry. The Bacon and Cheddar Burger is topped with a thick slice of Vermont white cheddar, slices of hickory bacon, and the bun? It’s a grilled pretzel bun. 
Mixing it up a little bit, The Kid ordered the Mini B’s- three sliders on toasted buns filled with cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles, special sauce, and beautifully-caramelized onions. Yum!

If you’ve ever tried poutine in Canada, Bill’s has a great take on the dish- Disco Fries. With ladles of melted cheese and gravy, the side dish was the perfect accompaniment for our burgers.

And for Dessert?

A Bill’s milkshake, of course! These two are the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bomb and Mint Chocolate Chip. The Kid and I tried some of each and there’s no way to choose a favorite. Over 21? Feel free to add a shot of liquor from the bar.

Atmosphere and Service

There’s something really homey about the original Bill’s Bar & Burger. Walking into the restaurant is like meeting an old friend, one who you’ve known forever and doesn’t have to lay on the pretension or dress in their finest garb. They’re all about good food and great service and letting just that speak for them.

The dining area looks exactly like a burger joint should: homey and fun. The rawness of the decor is downright whimsical in my book.

The Kid loved the fun rt work that flanked the walls and Mr. Locke loved the chalkboard filled with beer selections.

Final Thoughts

We don’t need ultra hip, super cool decorating in a burger joint. What we need is perfectly-cooked burgers, great wait staff, and a fun location. Bill’s Bar & Burger gave us this and more. We were looking for great food and service and what we came away with was a new favorite burger restaurant in the heart of the Meatpacking District.

Well done, Bill’s- just the way I like my burgers.

Happy Travels!

Disclosure: I was hosted by Bill’s Bar & Burger and BR Guest Hospitality to give you fine folks the scoop on what makes this restaurant so great. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and all opinion are my own!

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