Kim and I recently went to see Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour on Broadway.
With the show starting at 7:30 PM and lasting for around two hours, we needed to find a place to go for dinner close by (before the show).
Since I try to avoid the Times Square area as much as possible, I wasn’t really sure where we should dine. But then I remembered a place that I had read about a while back which served a burger that won the New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Burger Bash in 2013.
That made our decision easy. Kim and I headed to a pre-theater dinner at Le Rivage NYC.
We arrived a couple of hours before the show at Le Rivage, a cute French Bistro located at 340 West 46th Street. The restaurant was relatively quiet, with diners at a few of the tables.
I knew what I was ordering so there wasn’t much need to look at the menu. I went with the French Onion Soup Burger, NYCWFF Burger Bash Winner.
When the burger arrived, I couldn’t wait to dig in!
The burger comes on a large English muffin and is topped with a very creamy & melty cheese (I read that it was bechamel & emmental cheese) and lots of delicious, sweet onions.
From the first bite I was really impressed. All of the elements of this messy burger come together quite well.
The burger itself was really tasty and cooked exactly how I like it- medium-well but not tough or charred. ( I find that ordering medium-well usually gets you a medium burger.) The cheese was good but not over-powering and the onions were absolutely delicious and really made the burger a standout.
While I’ve had burgers on English muffins before, I’m usually not a fan. However, at Le Rivage NYC the English muffin was really big so it held the burger well. When I’ve had English muffins at home, they usually come out crispy when toasted which I don’t find to be a good thing for a burger. This English muffin had nice grill lines on the outside but was still soft both inside and out. It was awesome and a great choice of bun for this burger.
This might just be one of the most unique and interesting burgers that I’ve had in a while!
When we were done eating, the waitress heard us talking about their NYCWFF Burger Bash trophy parked on a shelf close to the door. This became a funny situation when she then brought it over for us to take pictures with.
An older couple sitting at a table behind us starting talking about the burger. The man thought that I had won a burger competition somewhere and congratulated me! It took a couple of times explaining that the restaurant had won for their burger! I’m pretty sure the couple, who seemed like regulars decided to order the burger!
Overall, if you’re going to see a show on Broadway in NYC and need a place to dine close by, I’d definitely recommend the French Onion Soup Burger at Le Rivage! I know that I’ll be going back there at some point.
Check out Le Rivage NYC online here.
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