Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

Feast your eyes upon the king of burgers and shakes. Black Tap is living proof that good ol’ burgers, fries, and shakes still reign on. With three locations in Manhattan and more to open in the future, these are some serious burger joints. Famous through a hard-wired network of viral Instagram shots featuring their outrageous, ‘Crazy Shakes’, it is no wonder that Black Tap is top on the bucket list of New York visitors and residents alike.

Upon arrival, I was so surprised to see a line with about a forty-five minute wait just outside the door and around the corner. The dedication was serious that Sunday afternoon as it began to sprinkle then rain hard that chilly day. According to the host, the line is consistent on a day-to-day basis. Visitors can expect a 90 minute wait time average during lunch and dinner hours at their Soho location, which does not take reservations. We were able to grab our seats at their front high top counter, adjacent to their bar. The restaurant has additional seating downstairs. Tip: if you want to capture the best light for that perfect snapshot of their famous shakes, I recommend sitting upstairs exactly where my husband and I were seated.

Our burgers of choice were The Texan Burger: prime burger, aged cheddar, crispy onion ring, bacon, sweet baby rays bbq, mayo ($17); and the The Steak Au Poivre Burger: prime burger, crumbled blue cheese, green peppercorn sauce ($16) both served with French fries. You can substitute onion rings, sweet potato fries, house salad or any side for $2. The burgers hit it out of the park right from the start. Cooked perfectly to our liking and the fries were thick, warm and crispy. We paired our burgers with their refreshing, semi-sweet Passionfruit Lemonade ($5) served in a cute, rustic mason jar.

The Crazy Shakes that won our hearts were Sweet n’ Salty (Peanut Butter Shake): chocolate frosted rim with chocolate gems & PB cups topped with a sugar daddy, pretzel rods, chocolate covered pretzel, whipped cream & chocolate drizzle; and The Cookie Shake (Vanilla Cookie Shake): vanilla frosted rim with cookie crumbles topped with a ‘cookiewich’, crumbled cookies, chocolate chips, whipped cream & chocolate drizzle (both $15). The names are simplistic, but each shake is in a realm of its own. My shake is easily one of the top three most indulgent desserts I have ever feasted upon, with no regrets. If Willy Wonka created milkshakes, these would be them. My husband loved his Cookie Shake. We both agreed we would have them again, maybe in the summer when we come in to the city together again. No, we would not share! Take a look at the photo that displays exactly how much of the shakes we were able to finish after eating our burgers. Work up a serious appetite then let your spoon and straw do the talking.

Black Tap features a variety of Special Addition shakes throughout the year (including holiday/festive shakes) and often does collaborations with local businesses.

Black Tap Soho is open seven days a week. Hours are Sunday-Wednesday 11am-12am, and Thursday-Saturday 11am-1am. Black Tap also has a location in the Meatpacking District as well as their most recent Midtown Manhattan location. According to several sources at their Soho location, there is serious talk for additional restaurant locations to be opened within the coming year. // 917-639-3089


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