Los Angelenos in the Big Apple have been waiting for California-based Umami Burger to eventually make its way out to New York, and this Monday the first northeast Umami Burger in Greenwich Village will open its doors.
The gourmet burger chain, best known for championing the "fifth taste" that is umami, brings its classic original burger with Parmesan crisp, shiitake mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, and caramelized onions to a two-story, 128-seat restaurant at 432 Sixth Ave. "We spent two years looking for spaces; we must have looked at 200 spots," founder Adam Fleischman told The Daily Meal. "This one just felt like one of our LA stores."
Umami Burger's New York menu looks similar to its West Coast counterparts, with four different dipping sauces, a Cali burger with butter lettuce and roasted tomatoes, and an ahi tuna burger with seared ahi and crushed avocado. Location-specific items include an extensive list of 17 cocktails, a French dip burger, a five-spice duck burger, and ice cream sandwiches made from a partnership between Blue Marble ice cream and Good Batch cookies.
"We did about six or seven new burgers [for this location]," Fleischman said. "But I just felt like the best ducks come from New York so it was fitting."
Click through our slideshow to check out the first Umami Burger to hit New York City. The restaurant will officially open Monday, July 29 at 11 a.m.; rumor has it two more Umami New York locations are slated to open early next year.