58 E 34th St (Madison & Park Ave)
City: New York, NY
Phone: (917) 806-8908
Site: Visit the restaurant site
2nd Cuisine: American
Area: East 30s
Payment: Visa Mastercard
Murray Bar looks as if it took its decorating tips from Bam Margera. It is dark, eclectic, and just this side of Gothic. The Burger Club was set in the back of the restaurant on benches, the perfect set-up for a burger party. The staff is incredibly attentive. Chef Will Gauger was eager to serve his dirty burgers, and I was eager to devour them.
Dirty style is a method of seasoning that emphasizes “heat & sweet.” The Dirty Burger at Murray Bar comes topped with nothing but Dirty seasoning and is cooked medium. Murray Bar patrons will also get Dirty Fries and Dirty Sauce on the side.
The burger was flavorful and moist. The bun clung to the lean patty, but didn’t allow grease on the fingers. Gauger admitted that the Dirty seasoning consisted of salt, pepper, garlic aioli, and honey, along with a host of other spices. Cinnamon had to be one of those ingredients, as it seemed to factor heavily into the flavor.
You’re not going to have it your way here, as the burger is served to the chef’s specifications only, but it is a tasty bit of business and well worth the trip.
Review By: Brad Garoon