Bill's Bar & Burger Debuts to Insane Burger Buzz

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    MePa mensch Steve Hanson was able to turn around the Hog Pit in record time from its first arrival on the community board agenda until its official opening tonight (friends and family last night). But what's even more remarkable is how fast some of the city's burger experts got on board with his new 9th Avenue joint, Bill's Bar & Burger. At last week's New York City Wine and Food Festival, Hanson had an open house of sorts, offering burger samples for anyone brazen enough to saunter in, including The Feedbag's Josh Ozersky, AHT's Nick Solares, a pair of Eater operatives, Lure's Josh Capon, and Daniel Boulud—who by the way, walked right into the kitchen, praised the burger, and offered some tips.

    The buzz, the menu. >>

    From that sneak peek, Ozersky has declared it the best burger in the city. Meanwhile, a preview lunch yesterday led burger expert Adam Kuban to leave with almost the same assertion: "You simply can't declare that after one very controlled advance tasting, but it's damn, damn fine." An early civilian commenter seems to agree. If they can keep up the quality while serving the nightly MePa hordes, there could be a Shake Shack style gamechanger in the cards. Go, report back, and until then, see the menu below and burger porn here.

    Bill’s Classic 5.50
    On a Toasted Sesame Bun served with Lettuce, Tomato, and Pickles on the side

    The Sunset and Vine 5.95
    Bill’s Classic with Cheese topped with Lettuce, Tomato and Special Sauce

    Bill’s Classic with American Cheese 5.95
    Served with Lettuce, Tomato and Pickles on the side

    The Bobcat 6.50
    Bill’s Classic topped with New Mexico Green Chiles and Jack Cheese

    Fat Cat 6.95
    Caramelized Onion, American Cheese on an English Muffin served with Lettuce, Tomato and Pickles on the side

    Tuscan Turkey Burger 6.95
    Freshly Ground and Mixed with Aged Provolone, Parsley & Garlic served on a Whole Wheat Bun with Lettuce, Tomato and Pickles on the side

    Blackened Florida Grouper Sandwich 9.95
    Lettuce, Pickled Tomato, Mustard Aioli, Cole Slaw

    Add The Extras .50 ea
    Bacon, Texas Chili, Coleslaw, Pickled Tomatoes, Caramelized Onion

    B I L L’ S S P E C I A LT Y I T E M S
    Chopped Salad 6.95
    Romaine, Tomato, Cucumber, Feta, Parmesan, Olives, Red Pepper, Capers, Croutons, Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wings 7.25
    Frank’s Red Hot, Blue Cheese Dressing, Celery
    Extra Blue Cheese .50

    Texas-Style Chili 5.95
    Brisket, Bacon, Beans and a lot of Spices, topped with Onions, Diced Cheddar, and Sour Cream

    HOT DOGS

    H AT F I E L D A L L - B E E F H O T D O G S CRISPY AND CARAMELIZED ON TOP SPLIT BUN
    New York Hot Dog 3.95
    Onion Relish, Sauerkraut, Mustard

    Chili Cheese Dog 4.25
    Chili, Cheese, Red Onion

    Add Toppings: Bacon, Chili, Cheese .50 ea

    B I L L’ S F R E S H F R I E S
    H A N D C U T D A I L Y, T O P N O T C H K E N N E B E C P O T A T O E S ,
    S P R I N K L E D W I T H S E A S A LT

    French Fries 3.50
    Disco Fries 4.50
    Smothered with Gravy and Melted Cheese
    Beer Battered Onion Rings 3.50
    ** Crispy Veggie Fries 4.50 **

    SHAKES
    HAND-DIPPED PREMIUM ICE CREAM
    Classics 5.95
    Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Coffee
    Add Malt, Chocolate Syrup .50 ea

    S P E C I A LT Y S H A K E S
    6.95 EA

    Creamsicle
    Vanilla Ice Cream, Orange Syrup

    Vermont Breakfast
    Coffee Ice Cream, Blueberries, Vermont Maple Syrup

    Oreo
    Vanilla Ice Cream, Loads of Oreos, Chocolate Syrup

    Peanut Butter Banana Fluff
    Vanilla Ice Cream, Peanut Butter, Banana

    Apple Pie
    Vanilla Ice Cream, Apples, Cinnamon

    ADD LIQUOR - NO PROBLEM

    DESSERT

    Key Lime Pie 4
    Apple Crumb Pie 4
    Intensely Chocolate Brownie 3
    Fruity Krispy Square 3
    Hand Dipped Premium Ice Cream 2/scoop

    Bill's Bar & Burger
    Steve 'The Full' Hanson, Burgers, Shakes
    22 9th Avenue, MePa; 212-414-3003
    Open noon - midnight weekdays, - 4 AM weekends, web

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